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    DIDCOT DISASTER: PRESS REPORT WARNINGS

    Mirror and Mail tell of fears expressed by deceased demo workers

    It has been reported by the Mirror and the Mail Online that their investigations into the cause of the disaster at Didcot Power Station has uncovered “grave concerns from the workforce” about the safety of demolition preparations being carried out at the site prior to the incident.

    The bodies of three men are still trapped under rubble and one man who died of his injuries was buried last month.

    The Mirror reports that the wife of one of the deceased workman Ken Cresswell said:

    “Ken said someone was going to die in that building. Ken said that building was going to come down. He said you can’t weaken a building of that size with that much weight in it and expect to send men back in it. He said it was going to go. He told me that he told his bosses and everybody else.”

    The Mirror has also spoken to five current and former workers at the Didcot demolition site who “revealed their concerns about safety”. Worker A is stated to have claimed:

    “Every single man who had anything to do with the cutting raised their concerns. The legs were moving and buckling. They were actually welding legs back up inside there. That is not normal. If a leg starts buckling with all that weight up above it, there is obviously a problem somewhere. They told management on site in a meeting, but they were told it’s been designed like this, do it like this.”

    Contractor strongly denies allegations

    A spokesman for demolition contractors Coleman & Company strongly denied the allegations saying:

    “At no time did any of our missing colleagues, individually or collectively, raise any concerns with the senior management team, who were based full-time on site, about the stability of the structure or the work they were undertaking.”

    In a joint statement, Health and Safety Executive and Thames Valley police said:

    “The priority remains to recover the missing men and return them to their families. Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive are also jointly working to investigate what caused the building to collapse.”

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