Fall from height fatality at Laing O’Rourke site

A man in his forties has died after falling from height at a Laing O’Rourke project in Oxford.

Despite emergency services attending the site at the Oxford North innovation district, the worker died of his injuries at the scene, Thames Valley Police said in a statement.

“Thames Valley Police, along with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service, were called to an incident at a construction site just off the A40 near Wolvercote at 10.15am yesterday [4 December]. Tragically, a man working at the site has fallen from height and died at the scene of his injuries despite the best efforts of medical professionals.”

Works on the project have been suspended.

Laing O’Rourke is building a £700m 93,000 sq m innovation district in Oxford North designed to include laboratories, workspaces, 480 homes, a hotel and other facilities.

Detective inspector Krista Thompson of Oxford CID said: “This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a man aged in his forties. His next of kin have been made aware and our thoughts go out to them at this extremely difficult time. We are in the very early stages of this investigation, which we are conducting jointly with the Health and Safety Executive.”

Laing O’Rourke said in a statement: “We are shocked and upset by what has happened and have suspended work on the project.

“For now we are focused on doing all we can to support everyone affected by this tragic incident, including the family of the deceased and our project team.”

In August, a 26-year-old Laing O’Rourke worker died following a serious accident at the Everton stadium site.

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