A fatal accident that happened on a construction site in the UK has been blamed on the worker entering an area which was set apart as an exclusion zone.
According to the chief of the Crossrail construction project currently being undertaken in central London, the worker was killed because he went into an area that was excluded. The accident took place in March this year.
Terry Morgan, Crossrail chairman says he is still unaware of why the man entered the area but they do know that he died when a piece of concrete fell from the ceiling, hitting him in the head. Work was being undertaken 10 metres down a tunnel when the accident took place.
The following excerpt from a post on Independent.co.uk details what happened:
The worker, identified after the incident by police as Rene Tkacik, a 43-year-old Slovakian national, was spraying concrete onto an area of excavated ground when another piece of concrete fell onto his head from the ceiling.
Police officers, three fire engines, over 50 firefighters and ambulance crews attended the scene of the accident on 7 March this year, but Mr Tkacik was pronounced dead at the scene.
He had been working 10 metres down a tunnel at the time, building a new crossover between two main train tunnels already constructed by the Crossrail boring machines.
Although we can only speculate why the worker did not stay out of the exclusion zone, this tragedy does serve as a reminder to others in the construction sector about the dangers of disobeying the rules of the work site.
Employees should keep in mind that occupational health and safety laws apply to them as well, not just to employers and these laws dictate workers have a duty of care to abide by the rules of the worksite and work in a manner that does not endanger their own safety or that of their co-workers.
Mr Morgan went on to remind people about what a difficult working environment this is. That is why proper planning, training and supervision is necessary. The worker who was killed was employed to spray concrete on the walls being built and should have been trained on construction safety as well as site specific safety, which would include instruction on where workers could and could not go on the site. In addition there should have been clear markings and signs indicating that workers were prohibited from entering the area.
Mr Morgan went on to explain:
“This individual went into an area that was excluded, shouldn’t have been in there and we’re still trying to understand why it happened.”
He said that all those working on Crossrail had been carefully briefed on safety and that bosses had had “an ambition that there should be no fatalities on this programme”.
“As far as we are concerned this should not have happened,” he said.
So we obviously felt very disappointed that we had this fatality. We’ve taken some learning from it we’ve made some further changes. But it shouldn’t have happened.”