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Crossrail suspends work at explosion site 'for several days'

Crossrail has suspended work at its site in High Holborn where a Barhale Construction worker was hospitalised following an explosion on Wednesday.

Crossrail said in a statement that the suspension, which includes all ground-breaking work, would “last for several days”.

“As is our standard procedure following a cable strike incident Crossrail has suspended any activity which involves breaking ground such as piling or utility excavation until we are fully confident that it safe to proceed,” a spokesperson said.

“Crossrail has also issued instructions to contractor sites reiterating the processes that must be followed when approving and undertaking below ground works.”

A spokeswoman for Barhale said yesterday that the worker was recovering well.

Roads were shut off around the site following the minor explosion, which was caused by a workman cutting through an electrical cable.

The London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police were all called to the scene, and the worker was taken to hospital.

Barhale was sub-contracted on the site by the BFK consortium, which consists of Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier.


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