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Worker dies on Buckingham Group road scheme

A road worker has died after being struck by machinery while working on a roundabout in Surrey.

The man was working on the Runnymeade roundabout improvement project in Egham, which is being run by Buckingham Group, when he was struck at around 00.50am on Friday morning.

The operative was an employee of Buckingham Group’s subcontractor, Suffolk-based road surfacing firm Toppesfield.

Police and paramedics were called following the incident but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

Surrey Police are now leading the investigation into the death with support from the Health and Safety Executive. The police said it was not being treated as suspicious.

Buckingham Group is Surrey County Council’s main contractor on work to improve the layout and approaches to the roundabout.

Work began in July 2017 and was scheduled to finish this month.

A Toppesfield spokesman said: “It is with great regret that we can confirm that an incident involving a plant vehicle and a site operative took place at Runnymede roundabout, tragically resulting in the death of one of our team.

“Our deepest condolences are with the family and loved ones of those involved. We are working with the emergency services, the Health and Safety‎ Executive and our client Buckingham in undertaking a full investigation, as well as making sure that our own team have the support they need at this difficult time.”

A Buckingham Group spokesman said that: ‘‘It is with immense sadness and regret that we must confirm that a fatal accident took place during a night-shift at our Runnymede Roundabout project.

“The accident is being investigated by the police, our directors and HSEQ team, and the specialist surfacing contractors, Toppesfield.

“The company’s primary concerns and considerations at this stage are for the welfare and interests of the deceased person’s family and all work colleagues involved, and no further details can be provided at this time.’’


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