Lessons must be learned following Crossrail death

Construction union UCATT are calling on the construction industry to learn lessons from the death of Rene Tkacik who was killed on the Crossrail project.

Mr Tkacik was crushed to death by wet concrete on the 7th March 2014 while working for the Bam Ferrovial Kier joint venture on the Fisher Street tunnel near Holborn.

Yesterday (March 3rd) the jury at the inquest gave a narrative verdict while recording the death was accidental. The jury found that “unclear” processes including the method statement and an “unclear” definition of the exclusion zone, contributed to his death.

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This was a terrible tragedy and my deepest condolences go to Mr Tkacik’s family. This death was clearly preventable and lessons must be learned from this tragedy to prevent similar accidents occurring in the future. No issues must be covered up to prevent similar deaths occurring in the future.”

Mr Murphy, added: “If the industry wants to learn from this tragedy and improve safety then it is essential there is full transparency. We urgently need an honest debate about how the entire industry, including the union movement, can increase the safety of workers.”

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