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March 11, 2014

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Crossrail worker killed by falling concrete


The construction worker who died at a Crossrail site last Friday was killed by a piece of concrete that fell from the ceiling, it has been confirmed.
The worker was spraying concrete onto the excavated ground at Crossrail’s Fisher Street site in London when the incident happened at 5am on Friday 7 March.
Reports say firefighters attempted to rescue the 43-year-old after he sustained head injuries 32ft (10m) down the tunnel.
The London Fire Brigade said it had sent rescue crews at approximately 05.40 GMT to help rescue the worker. Ambulance crews also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Crossrail has confirmed that all work at Fisher Street and associated works across the project has been suspended and a thorough investigation into the incident is being undertaken.
The Metropolitan Police and HSE remain on site.
The £15bn line is due to run from Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport to Abbey Wood and Shenfield through central London. 
Following the incident, a Crossrail spokesman said: “Sadly, at approximately 5am this morning a contractor working at our site in Fisher Street, London was fatally injured.
“Our first and foremost thoughts are with the family and friends affected by this. The next of kin are being informed. We are establishing the facts and a full investigation into the incident has commenced.”
The line is due to open in 2018.

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