Man killed by falling window pane from Residential apartment building in London

Police are investigating the death of a man believed to have been killed by a window pane that fell from the Corniche building, a new apartment block on the Albert Embankment at 10.42am, Tuesday 2nd October.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Metropolitan police said

“At this early stage in the investigation, it is believed he was hit by something falling from a building. Officers remain at the scene.”

Early on Tuesday evening, a team of forensic investigators was seen at the empty window frame the pane of glass is believed to have fallen from.

A London ambulance service spokesman said:

“We sent an incident response officer, two motorcycle responders, a single responder in a car and an ambulance crew. Sadly, a person was dead at the scene.”

The Heath and Safety Executive, which investigates all work-related deaths, has started making inquiries. The police have a duty to inform the HSE if they believe work-related activity has some bearing on any fatality.

The Corniche building, designed by the celebrated architecture firm Foster and Partners, was completed last year. The last remaining apartments on the development range in price from £2.7m to £6.25m. It also includes £22m penthouses on the upper floors.

St James, the building’s developers, said it was working with the police on the investigation. A spokesman said:

“It is with great sadness that we learned of an incident at our Corniche development on Albert Embankment this morning, in which a man suffered fatal injuries.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this incredibly difficult time. We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and working with the emergency services to establish what happened.”