Crossrail worker injuries result in court action against three contractors
12 December 2016
Three contractors have been informed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that they will be prosecuted, following separate incidents where workers were injured.
All incidents related to the construction of the new Crossrail project, running east to west across London and concern BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas.
They will appear at Westminster’s Magistrates Court in January 2017 where each will face four charges.
Incidents include the death of a worker on 7 March 2014 and one each relating to injuries to two others on 16 and 22 January 2015.
The first worker died after he was crushed by falling concrete on 7 March 2014 while working on the Fisher Street cross-over tunnel, according to the HSE.
Another colleague suffered severe leg injuries while working between the Bond Street and Paddington section of the tunnel on 16 January 2015 when he was crushed by a tipper truck.
A further incident in the same stretch of the tunnel on 22 January 2015 saw the third worker suffer head and hip injuries when he was struck by a high pressure mixture of water and concrete during a routine operation to clean concrete lines.
HSE head of operations, Annette Hall confirmed the prosecutions and said: “We have concluded following thorough investigations that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute and it is in the public interest to do so.”
Court action against the three companies will include:
One charge under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974;
One charge under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974;
Two charges under Regulation 22 (1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.