A construction worker has died after being hit by a falling manhole cover at a Balfour Beatty site in West Sussex, police have confirmed.
The 26-year-old man suffered a serious head injury last Friday while working on site at Langley Green primary school in Crawley, where Balfour Beatty is building a new school.
Sussex Police said the injury was believed to have been caused by a falling manhole cover on the site.
The man, who was an employee of a subcontractor, was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in East London but died of his injuries on Monday afternoon, Sussex Police said.
A Balfour Beatty spokeswoman said: “Balfour Beatty confirms that there was an incident involving an employee of a subcontractor on the Langley Green Primary School project on Friday 4 October which has resulted in a fatality.
“Our immediate thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague.”
She added: “The Health and Safety Executive and Sussex Police are carrying out a joint investigation with the full co-operation of Balfour Beatty to understand how this tragic incident occurred; therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”