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Wembley worker death an accident
Patrick O'Sullivan
Patrick O'Sullivan died from multiple injuries in the accident
The death of a carpenter who died while working on Wembley Stadium was an accident, an inquest has ruled.

Patrick O'Sullivan, 54, from Ealing, west London, died when a platform fell more than 300ft (about 100m) and landed on him in January 2004.

The jury at Hornsey Coroner's Court in north-west London returned a verdict of accidental death.

Outside court, Mr O'Sullivan's wife Mary, 58, was angered by the inquest's outcome.

Mrs O'Sullivan, who had to retire from her job as a home care worker after her husband's death, said: "We've waited almost four years for this and I am disgusted with the verdict."

Multiple injuries

The court was told how a crane carrying a skip full of concrete to pour into one of the towers that make up the stadium caught the platform on its way back.

Det Sgt Andrew Partridge said: "As the load was being carried over the top of the concrete core there was a trailing rope.

"It became entangled with a platform that was attached to the top of the core, which was some 100m above ground level."

He said it caused the platform to become dislodged and fall to where Mr O'Sullivan was working with colleagues.

Mr O'Sullivan, who was originally from Cork in the Irish Republic, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out an investigation into his death.

A memorial to Mr O'Sullivan was unveiled last month at the 90,000-seater stadium in north-west London.

The stadium opened to the public in 2007.


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