Man, 53, dies after falling from building site as teenager fights for life

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A man has died after an accident on a building site as a teenager fights for his life, police say.

Emergency services rushed to the corner of Chapel Street and Rumford Place in Liverpool at around 3:30pm on Wednesday.

Merseyside Police said they were called to reports that two men had been found seriously injured after “falling”.

Local reports suggest that a construction lift fell – causing the building to shake.

The force confirmed on Thursday that one of the men, aged 53, has sadly died from his injuries.

The other man, aged 18, remains in hospital in a critical condition, a statement added.

A spokesperson said: “Following an incident at a building site on Chapel Street yesterday afternoon, we can confirm that a 53-year-old man sadly died at the scene.

“The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“The second man, aged 18, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

“Emergency services were called to a site around 3.30pm yesterday to reports that the two men had been found seriously injured after falling.

“An investigation is being carried out by detectives and the Health and Safety Executive and officers remain at the scene today while enquiries are carried out.”

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSE are aware and are investigating with the police.”

One worker at an office block described how the building shook when the construction lift fell.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “The lift dropped a few flights. We heard screeching and then the crash. It shook the building.”