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Crossrail worker killed by falling concrete

Update: Crossrail has confirmed the construction worker killed in its Fisher Street tunnel this morning was hit by a piece of falling concrete.

Crossrail said the worker was spraying concrete onto the excavated ground when a piece of concrete from the ceiling of the tunnel fell and hit him.

When the incident occurred, work was taking place to build a new crossover tunnel between two train tunnels that have already been constructed by Crossrail’s boring machines, it said.

A Crossrail spokesperson said: “Sadly, at approximately 5am this morning a contractor working at our site in Fisher Street, London was fatally injured. Our first and foremost thoughts are with the family and friends affected by this. The family has been informed. 

“Crossrail has suspended all work at Fisher Street and associated works across the project. A full and thorough investigation into this tragic incident is being undertaken. The Metropolitan Police and the Health and Safety Executive remain on site.

“Safety is our number one priority and Crossrail sets the most stringent safety requirements in the industry. Despite this terrible incident, Crossrail’s accident rate is below the industry average.”

The London Fire Brigade was called to the Fisher Street tunnel to reports of a man suffering injuries shortly after 5.30am this morning.

The man, thought to be a construction worker working for BFK (Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial, Kier), was pronounced dead at the scene by doctors from London’s Air Ambulance.

BFK has been contacted for comment. BFK is directing all enquiries to Crossrail.

Crossrail statement on safety:

Safety is the number one priority for everyone working on the project. We regard the safety of all those working on Crossrail as paramount and are committed to delivering the project to the highest standards of safety at all times.

Before any work can take place, it is reviewed by appropriate, competent individuals, approved in advance and only allowed to start when all identified control measures are in place.

We have put in place a strict and comprehensive reporting system. Workers are required to come forward with any concerns to ensure that they can be dealt with appropriately. Any injury, no matter how minor, must be reported and investigated to understand what caused it and to ensure that lessons can be learned across the project.

Our health and safety statistics are better than the average for the UK construction industry. Our current Accident Frequency Rate is 0.30, meaning that there are 0.30 incidents for every 100,000 hours worked or roughly one accident for every 330,000 hours worked.

Earlier today, Crossrail said a full investigation into the incident had commenced.

Six fire rescue units, three fire engines and more than 50 firefighters and officers were at the scene.

The brigade was called at 5.38am and the incident was over by 6.36am. Police and London Ambulance Service also attended the incident.

BFK has been contacted for comment.

@LondonFire

We’ve been called to rescue a workman who’s been injured 10 metres down a tunnel on Fisher Street, #Holborn. A number of firefighters there.

We were called to rescue the workman at 5.38 & we’ve got a number of specially trained rescue crews there to get him out of the tunnel #Holborn

The man we rescued earlier from a tunnel on Fisher Street, #Holborn has sadly died. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

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