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September 23, 2016

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Investigation launched into Crossrail near-miss

Crossrail chiefs have launched a safety investigation following a near-miss during fit out work on the tunnel near Plumstead, south London, the Construction Enquirer has reported.

The website said it was contacted by “worried site workers” after a construction train hit a power supply last Thursday (15 September).

The Enquirer reports: “It is understood the hand rail of a platform on a construction train hit a cable hanging from the side of the tunnel.

“The cable snagged and caused an electricity panel box to come off the tunnel wall.

“Fortunately the cable and panel were redundant and not live.”

The worker said: “The cable got caught on the hand rail and ripped the panel box clean off the wall.

“The cable was snaking all over the place and the panel followed while the handrail was ripped off.

“The cable and panel could easily have hit someone and thankfully they weren’t live or the team on the train and those working down the track could have got a major belt.”

A spokesperson for Crossrail said: “Crossrail demands the highest standards of health and safety and a full investigation into this incident is continuing involving the contractor Alstom, TSO, Costain Joint Venture.”

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7 years ago

One wonders why it was not reported in the first instance………….