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June 22, 2022

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HSE to investigate death of RAF sergeant

The investigation into the death of Royal Air Force Sergeant Rachel Fisk has been handed over to the Health and Safety Executive.

Rachel Fisk died on 2 September 2012 during a training event at RAF Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire. Sgt Fisk was taking part in a parachuting exercise.

A joint investigation was launched with and led by Thames Valley Police. The police have concluded their investigation into offences of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence, the HSE will now lead the investigation.

The criminal inquiry will determine if any breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act have occurred.

HSE Principal Inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “It is important HSE completes the investigation into Rachel’s death to determine the cause of this incident.

“HSE will draw upon the evidence gathered so far and call upon its own specialist investigators and independent support in what is likely to be a complex investigation.

“During the investigation we will continue to keep in touch with Rachel’s family as we send them our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.”

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