Everton Stadium death probe moves into new phase

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken over the criminal investigation into the death of a worker on Laing O’Rourke’s Everton Stadium project.

Michael Jones, 26, died from head injuries on 14 August last year at Bramley-Moore Dock. Jones died after being crushed between a scissor ladder and a beam, according to reports from the opening of an inquest into his death.

Jones, a lifelong Everton fan, was working on the project as a ventilation engineer for Widnes-based subcontractor Mersey Vent.

A Merseyside Police investigation has now concluded. HSE will lead the investigation into the death, seeking to establish whether health and safety regulations were breached.

HSE inspector John Padfield said: “We have been a part of this inquiry from the outset and we will continue to thoroughly investigate Michael’s tragic death as the lead agency.

“This will aim to establish if there have been any breaches of health and safety law.

“We are in regular contact with Michael’s family and our thoughts remain with them at this time.”

Laing O’Rourke suspended work on the project for nine days after the incident.

Gareth Jacques, Laing O’Rourke’s project director for Everton Stadium, said in August: “Michael was a valued member of our Everton Stadium project team and was liked and respected by everyone from Laing O’Rourke who worked alongside him.

“He took great pride in what he did and, being a huge Everton fan, I know he was really excited about working on the stadium.

“We will do all we can to support his family and our wider project team at Everton who are all shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic incident.”

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