Didcot Power Station latest update

Following the partial building collapse at the Didcot A power station in South Oxfordshire on 23 February 2016, at the time of going to press,…

Following the partial building collapse at the Didcot A power station in South Oxfordshire on 23 February 2016, at the time of going to press, demolition workers Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable remain missing. Mick Collings sadly died in the incident and five others were injured.

Thames Valley Police (‘TVP’) and the Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) issued the following joint statement on 11 March 2016:

“The priority of the multi-agency response remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families. Specialist officers from Thames Valley Police continue to support the families at this difficult time and we are providing them with regular updates on the progress.

“The site owners RWE have overall responsibility for the safety of buildings and structures on their site. They must produce a plan for a safe method of working before the next stage of the recovery can begin. Once this is received and approved by HSE, emergency services are on hand to recover the missing men.

“Preparation at the site, for the recovery, is taking place and will continue over the weekend.

We are working hard to identify as soon as possible what caused the building to partially collapse, to provide answers and prevent such a tragedy happening again.”

On 16 March 2016, RWE presented a plan to the HSE and TVP to commence work on the collapsed debris. On the same day, heavy lifting equipment arrived on site to enable the recovery operation to resume by 19 March 2016.

Coleman & Company Ltd, the company carrying out the demolition of the boiler house, stated: "We have been working relentlessly with RWE and independent experts to ensure the recovery operation can begin safely and are relieved that we are now in a position where work can get underway.”

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