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Putney site death involved carpenter

The worker who died in an accident at a Putney site yesterday is understood to have been a carpenter, but the fall was not a “straightforward scaffolding accident”.

Two other site workers were injured in the accident, which involved a fall from one of the two towers being built.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “At this early stage we think that a man fell from a platform at the site and subsequently made contact with the other two men.”

The incident took place at developer St James’ Langham Square development next to East Putney station in Upper Richmond Road, where two towers each of eight storeys of flats are under construction, with Blyth & Blyth as consulting engineer.

Langham Square was expected to be closed at least for the rest of the week while Health and Safety Executive staff investigate.

St James declined to name any subcontractor who might have been involved in the accident.

Police were called to the site shortly after 10am yesterday, following reports of three injured men.

The London Ambulance, Air Ambulance and Fire Service arrived at the scene.

One man was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at 11am. A second was taken to hospital with suspected non-life threatening injuries. The third injured man was not taken to hospital.

A source said that while the BBC had described the fatality as a scaffolding accident “it was not a straightforward scaffolding accident and the man who died was not a scaffolder”.

St James, part of the Berkeley Group, said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we learnt of an incident at our Langham Square development in Putney, in which a member of the site team suffered fatal injuries. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this incredibly difficult time.

“Two other men were also injured in the incident and our thoughts are with them and their families as well.

“We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and working with both the Health and Safety Executive and the emergency services to establish what happened.”

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