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Wednesday 12th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

THREE construction firms will appear in court today over the death of a worker and injury to two others on London’s Crossrail project.

Rene Tkacik died on March 7 2014, after being crushed by falling concrete while working on the rail project’s Fisher Street tunnel.

Terrence Hughes was injured while working on the project on January 16 2015, and Alex Vizitiu on January 22 2015.

BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas each face four charges of breaches of health-and-safety regulations and will appear at Westminster magistrates’ court.

A silent vigil in memory of the dead man and in support of the injured workers will be staged outside the court at 2pm by Families Against Corporate Killers (Fack), a campaign group established by families of people killed at work.

In a joint Fack statement, they said: “No-one we loved died from too much regulation and enforcement but from far too little.

“We believe everyone should be able to go to work and come home safe every day as the law requires. No employer should be able to flout the law and put anyone at risk.

“Our hearts go out to Rene’s family and we hope they will get some justice, and that employers will stop hurting workers.”

The families and members of the Construction Safety Campaign and London Hazards will wear purple forget-me-not ribbons, the symbol of International Workers’ Memorial Day, which takes place on April 28 to commemorate people killed or injured at work.