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FATALITY: SITE DEATH ‘WORKING WITH CONCRETE’

Cement lorry mixer believed to be involved in fatal incident

It has been reported by the Daily Star that a construction worker has died “whist working with concrete” on a building site in London.

Paramedics attended where a man believed to be in hos 20’s suffered serious injuries in the incident on a building site in Wimbledon, south London.

The injured man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1.45pm on Monday 13th February 2017.

Local councillor Edward Foley is reported to have speculated that the incident could have been a “concrete mixer lorry”.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:

“A man in his mid 20s had been reported injured while working with concrete. Despite attempts to revive him, the man was declared dead at the scene. Next of kin and HSE have been informed.”

UPDATE 22 FEBRUARY 2017

It has subsequently been reported that the incident involved concrete pumping equipment.

Witnesses told This is London that a ball used to clean out concrete pumps had become wedged in the pipe, causing a build-up of pressure. The ball came “flying out of the pump” and struck Mr Hoare as he stood nearby.

Witness Stephen Burrows from south Wimbledon, said:

“It hit him straight in the head and lifted him off the ground. It was awful. It looked like a freak accident. It was instant, I’m sure he didn’t feel it. I will never forget it. It was horrendous. I will never forget it for as long as I live.”

Guidance

A Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Concrete Pumps can be downloaded from the Construction Plant-hire Association website.

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