A rail construction worker,43, has died from head injuries he sustained in a 10 metre-deep tunnel in London.
Emergency services were called to the Crossrail construction site at Fisher Street in Holborn where they found the man in cardiac arrest. Work at the site is suspended as an inquiry takes place and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.
The £15bn line is due to run from Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport in the west, to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east via central London. A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said that despite of extensive efforts of paramedics and doctors the man was declared dead. Crossrail is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project and involves more than 60 miles (97km) of track, including 13 miles of new twin-bore rail tunnels, and nine new stations.
Tom Fitzpatrick, news editor at Construction News, said the death as “sad and surprising”. He added that one worker had been injured during an electrical explosion at one of the sites in 2012, but the project had never had an occurrence of death by accident before. A Crossrail spokesman said, “It is very sad 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. We are establishing the facts and a full investigation into the incident has happened”.
The rail route is due to open in 2018.