Man dies after falling from walkway at No 1 Poultry

12 October 2012 by
Man dies after falling from walkway at No 1 Poultry

A man fell to his death just yards from the entrance to roof-top City restaurant Coq d'Argent yesterday.

The incident happened just a month after a woman fell eight storeys from within the D&D restaurant to land in front of hundreds of commuters outside Bank station, and is also the fourth fatality to occur at the building since 2007.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was seen to fall from a walkway on the same level as Coq d'Argent inside No 1 Poultry.

It is understood that he fell into the internal atrium of the building rather than out on to the street.

City of London police received the reports at 12.41pm and said that the 46-year old man, who is a City worker, was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation has been launched but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson for D&D Restaurants said: "At present it appears to us that the individual concerned did not enter the restaurant. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

"At Coq d'Argent the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance. We have complied with and have confirmation that all requisite safety standards are in place.

"Since the sad incident of last month, we continue to explore other measures to prevent these tragedies reoccurring. We are working closely with the police, health and safety authorities, the owners of the building and the Samaritans."

Last month, 29-year-old Rema Beauty Begum took a sip of wine from her glass on the outdoor terrace, before putting her handbag on the floor and then toppling over the edge of the restaurant.

Stockbroker Anjool Malde jumped to his death holding a glass of Champagne after he was suspended from his job at Deutsche Bank in 2009, and in May 2007 city worker Richard Ford died after throwing himself off the building and landing on top of a bus.

By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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