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    MAJOR INCIDENT: COLLAPSE AT DIDCOT POWER STATION

    One person dead and three missing on massive demolition project

    It has been widely reported that one person has died, four are in hospital and three are missing following a major incident at the site of the former power station in Didcot, Oxfordshire on 23 February 2016.

    It is believed the casualties arise from collapse of a structure on the site.

    Contractor Coleman & Company Ltd has released a statement explaining:

    “We can confirm that shortly after 4pm this afternoon part of the Boiler House at the former Didcot A Power Station site in Oxfordshire collapsed.

    It is with great sadness that we understand that there has been one fatality, five people have been taken to hospital and 3 people are currently missing and unaccounted for. Our thoughts are with the families of all those involved in this tragedy. We will provide updates as we receive them.

    We are working with the emergency services who are currently on site to locate those missing and understand the cause of this collapse”

    Thames Valley Fire Service is reported to have said they:

    “Can confirm search operations are in progress and that there has been one fatality, five persons have been taken to hospital and three persons are currently missing.”

    Pictures from the scene showed a massive section of the building has collapsed with a vast amount of debris on the ground. The building was ten storeys high and approximately 300m long.

    A spokesperson for HSE said:

    “HSE inspectors are on site at the Didcot A Power station in Oxfordshire, following the major incident on Tuesday 23 February. HSE are presently assisting the police and the emergency services. The thoughts of all HSE staff are with the family of the person who has died and the families of those affected by the collapse.”

    The GMB Union is said to have told the Press Association:

    “We understand that workers were preparing two boilers for demolition in the coming weeks. This led to the collapse of a building.”

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