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    BASEMENT DEATH SITE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

    Backfill with concrete required to make excavation safe for investigators

    The Fulham Chronicle has reported that Police Detectives and HSE investigators are using ‘cutting-edge technology’ to investigate the death of Anghel Milosavlevici  in a basement excavation on December 2. The complex examination of the site named ‘Operation Chamberlain’ is likely to take a number of weeks.

    Specialist equipment has been used including a 360-degree camera and laser scanner to facilitate computer modelling of the basement. The basement area has now been back filled with concrete to ensure the safety of investigators.

    Joint working by Police and HSE

    Structural engineers and experts from the Met’s specialist crime directorate and property services department are working alongside Health and Safety Executive staff and local detectives, who will lead the operation from Hammersmith police station.

    Detective Inspector Tony Murphy said:

    “This will be a complex and unavoidably lengthy investigation. The situation at the incident scene has proved very challenging.

    It is a top priority for us to forensically excavate the collapsed area inside the house to find out exactly what happened there, but safety is paramount, and before we can begin we have had to pour some 60 cubic metres of a special lightweight but strong concrete into the existing excavations to make absolutely sure everything is stable.

    “This preparatory work has been completed successfully and we hope to begin the excavation work almost immediately.”

    Richard Boland HSE Head of Construction Operations for London, said:

    “Whilst it is too early to comment on what happened at this particular site, I want to stress that there is no excuse for anyone building a basement not to seek expert advice, for example from a structural engineer, about appropriate protective measures to support the excavation and the structure.

    Where we find that work is taking place without this, we will take robust enforcement action and where fatalities occur we will work closely with the police to bring more serious charges where appropriate.”

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