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Thursday 8th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

THREE Crossrail contractors will be prosecuted over the death of one worker and injuries to two others, the Health and Safety Executive announced yesterday.

BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd will appear at Westminster magistrates’ court in London next month to face four charges each.

The companies will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents that took place during construction of the new railway’s tunnel, which runs from east to west across London.

Two charges relate to the death of Rene Tka’cik on March 7 2014, who was crushed by falling concrete while working on the Fisher Street cross-over tunnel in Holborn.

One charge each relates to injuries to Alex Vizitiu on January 2 and Terrence Hughes on January 16 last year.

Mr Vizitiu suffered head and hip injuries after being struck by a high-pressure mixture of water and concrete during a routine operation to clean concrete lines.

And Mr Hughes, who was working in the same section of the tunnel between Bond Street and Paddington, was crushed by a tipper truck, causing him severe leg injuries

HSE head of operations Annette Hall said: “We have concluded, following thorough investigations, that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute and it is in the public interest to do so.”

Construction unions Ucatt and Unite have long complained of workers and reps being intimidated by Crossrail contractors.