Emergency services were called to the scene at the corner of Chapel Street and Rumford Place around 3:30 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday).
Two men were taken to hospital after the accident.
Police today confirmed that a 53-year-old man has died and a second 18-year-old is in critical condition. The teenager is considered the son of the victim.
A police spokesperson said: “Following an incident at a Chapel Street construction site yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, May 19), we can confirm that a 53-year-old man sadly died on the grounds. places.
“The man’s closest relatives have been informed and are currently supported by specially trained officers.
“The second man, 18, was taken to hospital where he remains in critical condition.
“Emergency services were called to a site around 3:30 pm yesterday to report that the two men were found seriously injured after a fall.
“An investigation is being conducted by detectives and the health and safety official and officers remain at the scene today (Thursday, May 20) while investigations are carried out. “
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A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSEs are aware and are investigating with the police.”
ECHO understands that the men are from the Castleford, Yorkshire area.
An air ambulance landed at Pier Head and a closed road was put in place around the scene.
The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also dispatched two fire engines and the search and rescue team to the scene.
An office building worker described how “the building shook” when the construction elevator fell.
He added: “The elevator has abandoned a few flights. We heard screams, then the crash. It shook the building. “
Two men were inside the outdoor elevator, which was outside a large building covered in scaffolding and was part of the Unity building, which consists of penthouse apartments.