Thu. Mar 30th, 2023

    Ernst and Young worker, 33-year-old woman, found dead at Sydney office after work function

    Body of 33-year-old Ernst & Young worker found dead on company premises
    Woman discovered on Saturday night seven hours after leaving work
    Ernst & Young to rethink its work and social culture in the wake of the tragedy
    August is one of the peak auditing seasons that can cause a lot of stress
    For confidential 24 hour support in Australia, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

    By David Southwell for Daily Mail Australia

    Accounting giant Ernst & Young has been left in shock after a 33-year-old female employee was found dead at his premises after returning to work after an after-hours drink.

    Police and emergency services were called to the business building on George St in central Sydney around 12:20 p.m. Saturday, where they found the woman’s body.

    The staff member attended a workplace social event at the Ivy nightclub, in Sydney’s CBD, but left at approximately 5.30pm.

    A 33-year-old Ernst & Young employee was found dead in the accounting giant’s Sydney office just after midnight on Friday

    Police declined to comment further on the incident, but the Australian reported that a review of security footage did not reveal that the woman was noticeably intoxicated.

    August is considered accounting peak season for those working at one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms such as Ernst & Young.

    This can put a lot of pressure on auditors who may have worked very long hours to complete their work ahead of deadlines.

    As a result of the tragedy, the company will begin a “comprehensive and broad internal review that includes health and safety, security and social events in relation to our workforce,” EY CEO and Regional Managing Partner David Larocca said in a statement.

    Police and ambulance arrived on the scene at approximately 12:20 p.m. 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 in providing ongoing advice and guidance this weekend.”

    Employees receive support in processing their shock and grief.

    “Counseling has been offered to all staff and team members,” Mr. Larocca said.

    “We have an established Employee Assistance Program available 24/7 to our people and their families, as well as on-site counseling services.

    “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events of the weekend.”

    The woman had attended an after-hours social event in central Sydney before heading to the office

    The company is now helping police with their ongoing investigation, but investigators do not consider the case suspicious.

    “Our hearts go out to the family and we have been in touch to express our support and condolences,” said Mr. Larocca.

    A report will be prepared for the coroner.

    Call for confidential 24 hour support in Australia Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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