Sunday, April 30, 2017
Shocked Penge commuters witness 70-year-old fall to his death from ladder

Shocked Penge commuters witness 70-year-old fall to his death from ladder

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  • Early morning commuters waiting for trains at Penge East were shocked to witness a pensioner fall to his death from a fifteen-metre ladder.
  • James Lappin, 70 years, was believed to be carrying out maintenance on the three-storey building when he slipped from the first-floor coving, landing on his head.
  • Witnesses rushed to his aid and applied CPR. Paramedics arrived within minutes and the Air Ambulance was scrambled, but Mr Lappin was pronounced dead at the scene. Local shop owner Vishal Patel described hearing a loud bang. He said that the victim was a popular friendly neighbour who frequented his shop. Police sealed off the area and erected a forensic tent. The incident has been reported to the Coroner and the Health and Safety Executive are carrying out an investigation.
  • A police spokesman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 08.25hrs to reports that a man had fallen from a height in Station Road, SE20. London’s Air Ambulance service also attended. The man, aged in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are in the process of notifying his next of kin. The death is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed. A crime scene remains in place.”

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Shocked Penge commuters witness 70-year-old fall to his death from ladder