Everton venue worker died of ‘head injuries’


Worker died at Everton Stadium site Image: Everton FC

A worker who died after being injured during construction work underway at the Premier League club Everton F.C.’s new football stadium – the Everton Stadium in Liverpool, England (UK) – has been named.

‘BBC’ stated that Michael Jones, from Kirkby (town in England), was taken to the hospital after being hurt on the construction site at Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool (UK) on August 14th. He died of “severe head injuries”.

The Everton Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Liverpool (UK) that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

The Goodison Park is a football stadium in the Walton area of Liverpool, England (UK), two miles North of the City Centre. It has been the home of the Premier League club Everton F.C. since 1892 and has an all-seated capacity of 39,414. The Goodison Park has hosted more top-flight games than any other stadium in England.

The Everton Stadium is a football stadium under construction on Bramley-Moore Dock in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England (UK), which will become the home ground of Everton F.C. during the 2024-2025 seasons replacing the Goodison Park.

The Bramley-Moore is a former commercial dock that sits behind locked gates next to a wastewater treatment plant and it is intended that the new stadium will become the heart of a new mixed-use development in the area containing shops, housing and other venues.

‘BBC’ further stated that the 26-year-old was a “lifelong ‘The Blues’ fan who was so happy to be working on the new stadium,” his family said.

They added that the “beloved son, brother uncle and friend… will be missed beyond words.”

The force said it was working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and investigations were continuing.

Everton said everyone at the club was “heartbroken” and sent condolences to Jones’s family, friends and colleagues.

Work has been suspended at the site until further notice, stadium contractor Laing O’Rourke said, adding it had been “shocked and saddened” by the “tragic incident”.

Earlier, the Liverpool City Region’s Mayor Steve Rotheram condemned an offensive tweet appearing to mock the incident.

Rotheram said there was “absolutely nothing funny” about the tragedy.

He wrote, “Twitter really does appear to encourage the very worst excesses to crawl out from under their rocks. There is nothing to sing about, nothing to celebrate and absolutely nothing funny about people going to a football match or to work and not making it home safely.”

The new ground on the banks of the River Mersey is expected to be completed in late 2024, after which the club will leave their current home at Goodison Park, which opened in 1892.

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