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Hinkley Point C work halts following supervisor death

by Sion Geschwindt
Hinkley Point C work halts following worker fatality

Construction work has been suspended at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station site after a worker was crushed to death.

The victim was a site supervisor working for main contractor Bylor – a joint venture of Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke.

Project client EDF Energy confirmed that a man had died in what it described as a ‘construction traffic incident’ on the morning of Sunday 13th November.

Emergency services were called to the site at about 08:30 am following a report that a man had been struck by mobile machinery.

EDF delivery director Nigel Cann said that all but essential work had been suspended on the project pending inquiries.

“We are very sad to confirm that one of our team was involved in a fatal construction traffic incident this morning during planned work activities.

“The incident is being investigated by the police and the Health and Safety Executive, and we will co-operate fully with the authorities.

“Work at the site has been stood down and we are offering support to colleagues affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”

Concerns about safety procedures at Hinkley Point C prompted the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to serve an improvement notice earlier this year to the joint venture partners Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues Travaux Publics.

Image: Hinkley Point C in March 2022

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