Everton fan killed working on new stadium as machine trapped him against beam
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    An Everton fan was tragically crushed to death while working on the football club’s new stadium.

    Michael Jones from Kirkby sadly died after he became trapped between a beam and the machine he was working at the Bramley-Moore Dock construction site.

    The 26-year-old was rushed to Aintree Hospital on August 14 but died shortly after.

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    An inquest was held today (August 30) into Michael’s death at the Gerard Majella Courthouse in Liverpool.

    Coroner André Rebello described the moments leading up to the 26-year-old's fatal injuries at the construction site.

    He said: "Michael had been operating a machine commonly known as a scissor ladder. He was caught between the beam above him and the machine.”

    Michael was discovered after a colleague noticed the lift had stopped moving and went to investigate. As he climbed on and moved it forward Michael was released.

    Despite wearing a hard hat at the time, he had suffered severe head injuries – the helmet was severely damaged.

    Michael was given first aid at the scene before an ambulance arrived. He was taken to the trauma centre at Aintree Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    The 26-year-old had gone into cardiac arrest following his head injuries, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

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    Michael, whose middle name was Goodison, had been working on the Blues' stadium project as a ventilation engineer for Mersey Vent Ltd as part of the wider project led by construction giant Laing O'Rourke.

    He was the youngest of four children and had three older sisters.

    His sister Gemma Leary paid tribute to her Everton-loving brother in comments made to the club website. She said: "Michael was the baby, a boy after three daughters. He was adored by everyone, and he loved spending time with his dad watching Everton."

    She added that he was "pleased and proud" to be lending his talents to the development of Everton's new stadium.

    Merseyside Police and the Health and Safety Executive are both continuing to investigate the incident.

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    Mr Rebello said: "This is a very complex and technical investigation that will take some time." He issued an interim death certificate and released Michael's body to his family.

    Mr Rebello said a post-mortem examination has been carried out and a report from the pathologist will be available after toxicology results.

    He said: “I don’t think there is any concern there may have been any substances in Mr Jones at the time of the incident, but in a case of this nature toxicology is taken routinely.”

    The coroner adjourned the inquest into Michael's death until February 29 2024

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