Construction site death caused by 'catastrophic parts failure'

Construction site death caused by 'catastrophic parts failure'

Simon Meechan

Construction site death caused by 'catastrophic parts failure'

The construction firm building a hotel in Maidenhead has released details of how a young builder died on the West Street site on Tuesday.


An investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) yesterday.

McAleer and Rushe has released the following statement:

"This is an update to initial reports on the tragic fatality in a freak accident, of an agency worker employed by our piling sub-contractor on the Maidenhead site.

"Following a thorough site investigation by the police and HSE, initial reports indicate that the root cause of the incident would appear to be a catastrophic parts failure on the tracks of the piling rig . This occurred during  a routine maintenance procedure, completely outside of any construction operations.

"Having finished their site investigation the HSE confirmed that they were fully satisfied with our health and safety system and its implementation on site.

"Our entire team has obviously been devastated by the events of Tuesday 13th May and our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased. We would like to record our thanks to the  emergency services for their swift response to this tragic incident."

The worker's name has not been released, but police confirmed the man was from Wiltshire, with South Central Ambulance Service saying he was in his 20s.

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