A major investigation is underway after a wall collapsed at a building site in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, killing one of the construction workers.

Emergency services were called to a courtyard at the building, in Vittoria Street, at around 5.40pm yesterday afternoon.

A 49-year-old man, from London, was found trapped under a “significant amount of rubble”, said West Midlands Police.


He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

A second man was taken to Sandwell Hospital for further assessment and a third man was cared for on site.

The Heath and Safety Executive is now investigation to cause of the collapse.

West Midlands Police Force incident manager, Chief Inspector Dave Keen, comments: “This was a significant wall collapse which has potentially destabilised other parts of the building and structural surveys will be carried out in due course.

“The road was closed to allow emergency services to access the scene but has since re-opened; there is not considered to be any risk to the wider public and the wall collapse was contained within a courtyard area.”

Reports say the collapse happened in an old factory called The Unity Works where a building project was underway.

The Grade II-listed building, built in 1866, was a former munitions factory that once supplied European and US troops during World War One and produced more than one million rifles, Birmingham Conservation Trust said.