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T5 death sparks fresh product recall

Scaffold and access giant SGB has put out an urgent alert to its customers recalling a number of threaded shoring adaptors after a Laing O'Rourke worker died and another was seriously injured at Heathrow terminal 5.
Mathew Gilbert, 27, from Plymouth was working on concrete formwork at ground floor level of the multistorey car park next to the new main terminal building. He died on August 3 after falling 17 m into a pit on the station box site adjacent to the car park.

He was working with Parminder Singh, 21, from Slough who was taken to Charing Cross hospital after suffering a broken jaw and pelvis.

SGB originally issued a recall notice of the components in 2003 because of fears that they may have undersized threaded stems.

During the investigation at T5 the performance of the shoring adaptors has been called into question. The investigation is still ongoing.

Laing O'Rourke chairman Ray O'Rourke said: 'Without prejudging the outcome of the investigations into the tragic accident at T5, in the interests of safety across the construction industry, we urge everyone to comply with SGB's urgent request,'

BAA managing director of Terminal 5 Tony Douglas said: 'We hope that by issuing this statement, it reinforces the need to take seriously this safety alert and act upon it immediately'

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