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Fatal accident in London Crossrail Tunnel

In March of this year, an employee working for Crossrail, in the tunnels at Fisher Street, London, was struck on the head by falling concrete from the ceiling and pronounced dead on site. He has not been named, but was spraying concrete onto the ground in the new crossover tunnel, when some of the ceiling came away and struck him.
The scale of the construction site is enormous, with the whole project costing nearly £15 billion, and involves the construction of 26 miles of tunnels under London and nine new stations. Crossrail has confirmed that a full investigation of the accident is underway, with Health and Safety Inspectors and the police trying to establish exactly how the accident happened.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, with a high percentage of accidents. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), reports that although the construction industry accounts for just 5% of workers in Britain, the industry is responsible for 27% of all fatal accidents and 10% of all major injuries.
However, there is a downward trend this year, with 39 fatal accidents reported, compared with the average of 53 over the last 5 years.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests this downward trend may be a result of the financial crisis and the huge reduction in construction through the downturn.
The biggest hazards in construction today are falls from height, being hit by a moving vehicle, electric shock, a collapse or overturn and finally, being hit by a falling object, as in the case at Crossrail.
If you need help after losing a loved one in a fatal work accident, speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor who can give you the advice you need to make a claim for compensation.

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