Tragedy as Ernst and Young worker, 33, is found dead at the company’s Sydney office – after working until midnight following work drinks at a popular bar
- Body of 33yo Ernst & Young worker found dead on the company’s premises
- Woman discovered on Saturday night five hours after leaving drinks event
- Ernst & Young is going to review its work and social culture in wake of tragedy
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Accounting giant Ernst & Young has been left in shock after a 33-year-old female employee was found dead at its premises after returning to work following an after hours drinks session.
Police and emergency services at about 12.20am on Saturday were called to the company’s building on George St in central Sydney where they found the woman’s body.
The staff member went for work drinks at the Ivy nightclub, in Sydney’s CBD, at 5.30pm before leaving two hours later to go back to the office.
A 33-year-old Ernst & Young worker was found dead at the Sydney offices of the accounting giant just after midnight on Friday
Police declined to comment further on the incident but The Australian has reported a review of security footage did not show the woman was noticeably intoxicated.
August is considered the peak auditing season for those who work at one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms such as Ernst & Young.
This can put severe stress on auditors who may have put in very long hours to complete work ahead of deadlines.
As a result of the tragedy, the company will begin a ‘comprehensive and wide-ranging internal review encompassing health and safety, security, social events as they relate to our staff,’ EY CEO and Regional Managing Partner David Larocca said in a statement.
Police and ambulance attended the scene at about 12.20am on Saturday and a Coroner’s report is being prepared
‘Our Chief Mental Health Officer will be part of an ongoing review and has been instrumental over the weekend in providing ongoing advice and guidance.’
Staff are being offered support to deal with their shock and grief.
‘Counselling has been offered to all staff and team members,’ Mr Larocca said.
‘We have an established Employee Assistance Program that’s available 24/7 to our people and their families, as well as onsite counselling services.
‘We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events of the weekend.’
The woman had attended an after hours social event at the Ivy nightclub in central Sydney before she went back to the office
The firm is now assisting police with their ongoing investigation, however investigators are not treating the case as suspicious.
‘Our hearts go out the family and we have been in contact to offer our support and condolences,’ Mr Larocca said.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
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