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    DIDCOT POWER STATION FATALITIES: HSE UPDATE

    hselogo1Recovery of bodies will follow HSE approval of RWE safety plan

    A joint statement has been issued on behalf of Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the partial building collapse at Didcot power station on 23 February.

    “The priority of the multi-agency response remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families. Specialist officers from Thames Valley Police continue to support the families at this difficult time and we are providing them with regular updates on the progress.

    The site owners RWE have overall responsibility for the safety of buildings and structures on their site. They must produce a plan for a safe method of working before the next stage of the recovery can begin. Once this is received and approved by HSE, emergency services are on hand to recover the missing men.

    Preparation at the site, for the recovery, is taking place and will continue over the weekend.

    We are working hard to identify as soon as possible what caused the building to partially collapse, to provide answers and prevent such a tragedy happening again.”

    Families hold peaceful protest

    The families of the three missing workers have held a “peaceful protest” at the site. Two of the three families have previously criticised the rescue operation saying it has been too slow.

    Jade Ali has previously said she had been “left in the dark” about the search for her partner Mr Huxtable. The 28-year-old set up an online petition to “get the three men out” which has so far been signed by more than 15,000 people.

    The families unfurled placards along with friends and family of the three missing men who arrived in Didcot after long coach journeys from Rotherham and Wales.

    Update 16th March 2016

    A joint statement has subsequently been issued by HSE and Thames Valley Police as follows:

    “RWE has today presented a plan to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Thames Valley Police (TVP) to commence work on the collapsed debris, ready to recover the missing men.

    Starting today, large equipment and people will be arriving on site to start work to enable the recovery operation to resume at the weekend, sooner if possible.

    Progress with the plan over the coming days will be closely monitored by HSE and TVP.

    Our priority remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families and to understand what caused this incident. Specialist officers from Thames Valley Police continue to support the families and are providing them with regular updates on the progress of this work.”

     

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