Essen,
24
February
2016
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00:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Tragic accident during demolition works at former Didcot A power Station

One employee from Coleman & Company, the principal demolition contractor, has been fatally injured / Three more employees from the same company are still missing

Late yesterday afternoon a tragic accident occurred on the site of the former power station Didcot A in Oxfordshire. Preparation works were in progress for demolition activities in the boiler house, which were planned for early March. Part of the building collapsed and an employee from the principal demolition contractor Coleman & Company lost his life. The cause of the accident is currently unclear.

Four more Coleman & Company employees were taken to hospital with injuries and three individuals are still unaccounted for. The search for them is ongoing and is being managed by specialist teams from the emergency services.

 

Roger Miesen, CTO Hard Coal, Gas, Biomass & Nuclear RWE Power AG
We are deeply moved by this accident. Our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this tragic incident.”
Roger Miesen, CTO Hard Coal, Gas, Biomass & Nuclear RWE Power AG

RWE has offered its support to all local authorities and emergency service.

Didcot A, which previously operated as a coal-fired power station, was closed by RWE Generation in March 2013. The demolition activities site have been managed by specialist demolition contractors Coleman & Company since 2014 and they are 2 years into a 3 year demolition programme.