Family releases statement in tribute to worker who died after incident at Everton's new stadium
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The family of a man who was fatally injured at Everton's new stadium has released a statement.
Michael Jones, from Kirkby, Merseyside, suffered severe injuries to his head while working at the Premier League side's new ground, police said.
Despite being rushed to Aintree Hospital following the incident involving 'heavy machinery' at Bramley Moore Dock, the 26-year-old was pronounced dead yesterday (14 August).
Following news of his sudden passing, Mr Jones' family released a heartbreaking statement in which they said they would miss him deeply.
His loved ones said the lifelong Everton fan was over the moon to be working on their new stadium.
It read: "The family would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support.
"It is with our greatest sadness that our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend Michael has sadly passed away.
"He was a lifelong blue who was so happy to be working on the new stadium.
"We want to thank the NHS staff and work colleagues who did their best for Michael. He will be missed beyond words."
A post-mortem is set to be held tomorrow (16 August) to determine the cause of death.
Following the tragic incident, work on the stadium has been suspended, with Merseyside Police working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
A spokesperson for contractor Laing O'Rourke said: "We will co-operate fully with any investigation that follows."
Tributes for Mr Jones have also been shared widely on social media, with fellow football fans offering their condolences to his family and friends.
"This is so awful! Sending my love to his family, friends and colleagues, my thoughts are with you all at this horrible time. RIP young man," wrote one Evertonian.
Another commented: "So sad. Working on the new stadium of the club he loves, thinking once it’s built he’ll be watching Everton in a stadium he helped build. Rest easy mate."
"So sad ! No one should not return home after a days work to their family," put a third. "Thoughts are with the family,"
Ian Byrne is the Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby.
In a statement on his Twitter account, he said: "Absolutely tragic. Thoughts and condolences with his family, friends & colleagues."
Another fan suggested a memorial be placed at the new stadium once it's completed.
They said. "RIP Michael, may you rest easy and be welcomed into paradise. I wonder if it is possible for us Evertonians to come together and donate some charity to raise funds for a memorial or tribute to you at the new stadium. @EITC - could we make this possible?"