Construction worker dies from fall from pier

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A construction worker has died after he has  fallen from the fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier .

Sussex Police commented: “Emergency services were called shortly after 4pm to reports that a man had fallen from the pier.

“An air ambulance landed on the beach next to the pier, but the 44-year-old man from Cumbria was declared dead at the scene and he was taken to Eastbourne mortuary.

“His next-of-kin have been advised. He has not been formally named at this stage.”

The police have launched a joint investigation into the accident with the Health and Safety Executive.

The pier was partly destroyed in a widely reported  fire last month and the Government pledged £2m to help with repair work to the Grade II listed structure.

This is a tragedy and the HSE have insisted that they will work closely with police to find out what happened.