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M25 WIDENING PROJECT BULLDOZER FATALITY

Family of worker struck by reversing dozer keen to progress investigation

Mihai Hondru, aged 39, died when he was struck by a reversing dozer during work on the M25 widening scheme in Essex. The Romanian labourer was working in a field next to the southbound carriageway (between junctions 28 and 29) when the accident happened on 20th October 2010.

Works were stopped at both M25 widening sites out of respect for Mr Hondru and consideration for the other workers in light of the tragedy. They reopened for work the following Monday.

An investigation has been launched by HSE and Essex Police. At the time a spokesman for the construction consortium Skanska Balfour Beatty said:

“A in incident has regrettably resulted in the death of an employee of a subcontractor working for Skanska Balfour Beatty. Our thoughts are very much with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

An investigation is being carried out by Skanska Balfour Beatty, who are co-operating fully with the appropriate authorities, therefore, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

Work to widen the M25 between junctions 27 and 30 started in July 2009 and is due to be completed in 2012.

Funeral delayed for some time

It is reported that Mihai Hondru came to England to work and send home money to his mother who was dependent on him. His family may now have to wait some time before his funeral. Two post mortems are believed to have been carried out.

The inquest is soon to be opened and adjourned but the body of the deceased has not yet been released because the investigation into the incident is not yet complete.

Family friend Ian Stewart said:

“His poor mum’s waiting for his body to go home. The whole town is in black. Everyone knows everyone there. He was inspirational and such an outstanding person.”

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  1. CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES ANALYSIS 2010/11 | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

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