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Police name Crossrail fatality

The Metropolitan Police Service has named the construction worker who died in Crossrail’s Fisher Street tunnel on Friday 7 March.

The man has been formally identified as 43-year-old Slovakian national Rene Tkacik.

The MPS said a post-mortem examination took place at Poplar Mortuary on 10 March, and that further tests have been requested.

A formal cause of death has not yet been given.

Mr Tkacik was fatally injured last Friday morning when he was hit by a piece of falling concrete while spraying concrete onto ecavated ground to build a new crossover tunnel at the Fisher Street site, near Holborn.

He was pronouced dead at the scene by doctors from London’s Air Ambulance.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme has told Construction News the tragic incident has increased its resolve to improve safety standards across the industry.

The main contractor at the site was consortium BFK (Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial, Kier). Crossrail said that Mr Tkacik was employed by a BFK subcontractor.

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

A full investigation into the incident has been launched. The MPS said it is working closely with the Health and Safety Executive.

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