Two minutes’ silence for Olympic site crane driver who fell to his death

A two minutes’ silence was held in East London today at the Olympic site where a crane driver fell to his death while being evacuated during bad weather.

The health & Safety Executive was called in after doctors and the Air Ambulance team from Whitechapel pronounced him dead at the scene yesterday.

The 65-year-old fell while climbing down the 300ft crane at the site where the Athletes’ village is under construction just north of Stratford. It is believed he fell 30ft and was found at the foot of the crane.

The union’s London regional secretary Jerry Swain said: “This is a human tragedy that has left a family without a husband and a father. “What we now need to do is establish exactly what the cause was surrounding this fatality on the Olympic site and make sure lessons are learned once all the facts have been established.”

A post mortem at East Ham yesterday has found natural cause of death.

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