Worker killed in Birmingham wall collapse

10 May 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

A construction worker has died after a wall collapsed at a Birmingham building site on Wednesday (8 May).

Police confirmed that a 49-year-old man from London was found trapped under a “significant amount of rubble” was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.20pm.

Police and ambulance were called to a courtyard in Vittoria Street, Hockley, just before 6pm where a property was in the process of being renovated. It is not known which companies were involved in the project.

West Midlands Police is working with the Health & Safety Executive to investigate the circumstances around the wall collapse. 

West Midlands Police Force incident manager, chief inspector Dave Keen, said: “Attempts were made by paramedics to resuscitate the man but there was nothing that could be done to save him. 

“We have made contact with his family and they are being supported by police officers.

“This was a significant wall collapse which has potentially destabilised other parts of the building and structural surveys will be carried out in due course.

“The road was closed to allow emergency services to access the scene but has since re-opened; there is not considered to be any risk to the wider public and the wall collapse was contained within a courtyard area.”

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