First Fatality On Olympic Park As Storms Sweep London

By M@ Last edited 84 months ago
First Fatality On Olympic Park As Storms Sweep London

Yesterday's storms may have contributed to the death of a construction worker on the Olympic site. A crane operator, said to be in his 60s, was found dead at the base of his crane stairwell at 2.30pm yesterday. According to Metro, his death coincided with the torrential rain. An eyewitness told the paper 'He got out of his cab and was going down the crane ladder when he slipped and fell about 9m'.

An inquest will now look into whether equipment failure or a medical condition contributed to the accident. The man's death, in the Olympic Village, is the first on the construction site. A spokeswoman for the Olympic Delivery Authority commented: "The sympathies of everyone at the ODA and its contractors are with this individual's family and friends at this very difficult time."

It's not yet been confirmed whether yesterday's fire in a Bermondsey tower block was caused by a lightning strike. The Daily Mail seems in no doubt, however, attributing the blaze to a 'bolt of lightning'.

Meanwhile, Gatwick control tower was hit by lightning, causing delays and cancellations. Transport woes also hit rail lines out of Paddington following strikes of a non-union kind to overhead power cables. A teaching assistant in Sutton was also hit by lightning, but survived unhurt.

Image of a previous storm by Londonietis in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 29 June 2011


Insensitive article title. Are you hoping for more fatalities?


Very strange and unsettling way of titling this article, as if fatalities are to be expected? Shudder.

Franco Milazzo

The title is a statement of fact. How you interpret that statement maybe says more about you than the title.

Mark Walley

It's actually really impressive. Before any major construction construction the company will have worked out how many people are likely to die accidentally as part of a risk assessment. As horrible as that sounds, when you take into account the nature of the work, the likely of someone having a heart attack full stop, and various other factors, people are inevitably going to die, and so compensation and insurance needs to be put in place to cover it. Maybe it's because the Olympic site isn't a particularly dangerous site (nothing too high, nothing too buried), but only having one person dying in the three or four years it's been built for is a good safety record. It's still a tragedy, and horrible for the family of the man, but it's a pretty good record.

Inside London 2012

Today on the Olympic Park we stopped work at 11am and held a minutes silence for him and his family.

We were briefed by the ODA, Olympic Delivery Authority that he had in fact NO injuries to his head, as reported in the press, although the final cause of death is to established, it looks very much like natural causes.

The Safety record on the OP is second to none in this country.

Inside London 2012