Health and Safety Executive investigate construction site death

Health and Safety Executive investigate construction site death

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Simon Meechan

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Health and Safety Executive investigate construction site death

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive is underway after the death of a young construction worker on a hotel building site.

Emergency services were called to West Street just after 12pm on Tuesday after the builder, in his 20s and from Wiltshire, was seriously injured.

He was part of a team working on the early stages of a project to build a 124-bedroom Premier Inn on the site.

Two rapid response vehicles and an ambulance rushed into the town centre to try and save the man and the Oxfordshire-based Thames and Chiltern Air Ambulance landed in nearby Kidwells Park.

Paramedics were unable to save the man, who has not been officially named, and he died at the scene.

Work at the site was suspended yesterday (Wednesday).

A police spokesman said: "An investigation is ongoing.

"At the moment there's no suspicious circumstances so the Health and Safety Executive are in charge of the investigation."

London-based construction firm and property developer McAleer and Rushe is in charge of the build and said the man was employed by an agency.

A spokesman said: "We are shocked by this tragic death.

"It would be inappropriate to say anything further at this stage."

McAleer and Rushe firm has built Premier Inns at Heathrow, Gatwick, centralLondon and a string of other hotels around Britain and Ireland.

It has not been confirmed if an inquest will be held.

Berkshire's coroner's office said yesterday (Wednesday) it is aware of the death but the investigation is in its 'early days'.

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