Worker killed at nuclear power construction site in Somerset

Construction work at the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station site in Bridgwater, April 7, 2022 (Picture: Reuters)

A worker at the site of a nuclear power plant being built in Somerset has died after a ‘construction traffic incident’ this morning.

The man was injured by machinery at the Hinkley Point C construction site in Somerset, where a new, twin reactor nuclear power station is being built by EDF Energy.

Work at the site has been temporarily paused after the death.

Nigel Cann, delivery director at the site, said the circumstances surrounding the fatality will be investigated and that work has been stood down.

He said: ‘We are very sad to confirm that one of our team was involved in a fatal construction traffic incident this morning during planned work activities.

‘The incident is being investigated by the police and the Health and Safety Executive, and we will co-operate fully with the authorities.

‘Work at the site has been stood down and we are offering support to colleagues affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.’

We are very sad to confirm that one of our team was involved in a fatal construction traffic incident this morning during planned work activities. The incident is being investigated by the Police and the Health & Safety Executive and we will co-operate fully with the authorities.

— Hinkley Point C (@hinkleypointc) November 13, 2022

Avon and Somerset Police said emergency services were called at around 8.30am to a report that a man had been injured by machinery.

The force said: ‘Sadly, despite the efforts of the ambulance service, the man died a short time later.

‘His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

‘We’re liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and our inquiries into the incident are ongoing.’

Hinkley Point C is the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years, and is due to become operational in June 2027.

According to the EDF website, around 8,000 people currently work at the site.

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