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T5 back at work after tragedy

Construction staff at Heathrow's Terminal 5 project got back to work today after one Laing O'Rourke employee was killed and another seriously injured in a tragic accident on the site last Wednesday.
Mathew Gilbert was killed and Parminder Singh was injured last week when they fell 25 m with a pre-cast concrete slab they were fixing into place on the scheme's multi-storey car park.

The site was closed on Thursday as a mark of respect, and around half the usual workforce came in Friday.

Normal site working begins again today although work has been suspended at the multi-storey car park until the conclusion of the Health and Safety Executive's investigation.

Mr Singh, 21, from Slough, remains at Charing Cross hospital where

his condition remains serious. He and his family are being supported by Laing O'Rourke.

Counselling services have been made available to all T5 workers.

T5 managing director Tony Douglas said: 'My thoughts are with the families and friends of Mathew and Parminder, and I wish Parminder a full recovery. I am profoundly saddened that a life has been lost in the construction of T5.

'I am determined to find the exact cause of the accident and T5 will do everything possible to help the Health and Safety Executive in its investigation.'

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