Helder Moreira was killed on Wednesday during construction work at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, a week before the Formula E season was set to restart there on August 5th.
Track workers were nine days into building the circuit, and operating for the first time under strict guidelines enforced by the German government as precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, including a fixed limit of 1,000 staff being permitted onsite at any one time.
A local report from German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) indicated that the incident occurred just before midday when an emergency doctor arrived at the scene, following which a police traffic accident squad was sent to the circuit to investigate.
According to RBB, it is believed that a forklift truck used to transport concrete blocks was involved in the incident. Moreira was reported to have suffered multiple injuries.
A Formula E spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday evening that Moreira, who had been employed by the Portuguese-owned and ran RS track build contractors, had died.
At the time of writing, no statement has been released by Berlin police on the incident.
It marks the first time in the series’ six-year history that a fatal accident has occurred during the setup or takedown of a Formula E event.