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Didcot recovery work begins

17 Mar 16 Work to recover the three men under the debris of the collapse Didcot A power station begins this weekend after a plan of work was approved by the authorities.

Site owner RWE has presented its plan to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Thames Valley Police to start work on the collapsed debris, ready to recover the missing men.

Heavy lifting equipment has begun mobilising on site.  

“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,” said the HSE and Thames Valley Police (TVP) in a joint statement.

“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.”

One person died and five were injured when half of the massive boiler house of the decommissioned power station collapsed on 23rd February. The structure was being prepared for controlled demolition by specialist contractor Coleman & Company.

Three demolition workers – Christopher Huxtable, aged 34 and from Swansea, Ken Cresswell, 57 and from Rotherham and John Shaw, 61 and also from Rotherham – have been missing since the collapse and are now presumed dead.

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