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London building collapse man named as Dainius Rupsys

Emergency workers attend the scene of where a construction worker died
Image caption The Grosvenor Square site is being redeveloped into luxury flats

A man killed at a construction site in central London has been named as Dainius Rupsys, a Lithuanian national with two children.

The 33-year-old died and another man, 29, was injured when a floor collapsed at the site of a former US naval HQ in Grosvenor Square on Monday.

Site contractor McGee said the floor gave way when a concrete floor slab was being demolished by a machine.

The second man suffered minor injuries and has been discharged from hospital.

Following the incident a spokesman for London Fire Brigade said a mini-digger on the second floor fell to the floor below, as did the two workmen.

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Image caption Dainius Rupsys was pronounced dead at the scene

Declan Sherry, chief executive of site contractor McGee, said Mr Rupsys had worked with McGee since 2012.

He said: "Dainius was a popular and valued member of the team and will be missed by us all."

He added: "The incident involved a piece of machinery that was demolishing a concrete floor slab of around 12 sqm when the floor slab gave way and fell to the next level down."

The Health and Safety Executive and the Metropolitan Police are jointly investigating.

The six-floor building, which is yards from the US Embassy, is being redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of a £250m renovation.

It was originally built as flats in the 1930s and has been vacant since 2007.

The building was bought by the Abu Dhabi Investment Corporation and developer Finchatton in April last year from a consortium headed by entrepreneur Richard Caring, who owns London venues including the Ivy, Scott's and Annabel's.

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