The Workers Union is calling for a comprehensive review of safety protocols after a tragic incident at Everton FC‘s new stadium site resulted in the death of a 26-year-old construction worker. The incident occurred at Bramley-Moore Dock around 1pm on Monday.
The young worker, employed by a subcontractor for Laing O’Rourke, was rushed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The Merseyside Police confirmed the death and have begun investigations alongside the Health and Safety Executive.
Everton FC, deeply saddened by the incident, has conveyed its condolences to the deceased’s family. The club’s main contractor, Laing O’Rourke, has also shown its commitment to cooperate fully in the investigations. Furthermore, all construction activities on the stadium site have been temporarily halted.
Upon its completion, expected by the start of the 2024-25 season, the stadium will boast a seating capacity for nearly 53,000 fans with an approximate build cost of £500m. It will replace Everton’s current home at Goodison Park, where the club has been since 1892.
While the new stadium, soon to be christened the Everton Stadium, was widely supported during its initial consultation phase, it has faced criticism. Notably, UNESCO removed Liverpool from its World Heritage status due to concerns over developments on the city’s waterfront, including the new Everton Stadium.
A spokesperson from The Workers Union stated, “It is always heartbreaking to hear about incidents like this, especially in industries where safety should be paramount. We urge Laing O’Rourke and all parties involved in large construction projects to review and, if necessary, heighten their safety protocols. No worker should ever be put at risk.”
As the community mourns the loss, The Workers Union emphasizes the importance of worker safety, reminding all industries that every life is invaluable and irreplaceable.