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Maidenhead site death caused by piling rig failure

15 May 14 The death of a young man on a Maidenhead construction site this week has been attributed to a piling rig failure during maintenance.

Accident due to parts failure on the tracks of a piling rig
Accident due to parts failure on the tracks of a piling rig

Main contractor McAleer & Rushe has issued an update on Tuesday’s incident in which a construction worker in his twenties was killed, describing it as “a freak accident”.

The victim was working an agency worker employed by the specialist piling contractor on the Maidenhead site.

“Following a thorough site investigation by the police and HSE, initial reports indicate that the root cause of the incident would appear to be a catastrophic parts failure on the tracks of the piling rig,” the company said. “This occurred while they were engaged in routine maintenance procedure, completely outside of any construction operations.

“Having finished their site investigation the HSE confirmed that they were fully satisfied with our health and safety system and its implementation on site.

“Our entire team has obviously been devastated by the events of Tuesday 13th May and our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased. We would like to record our thanks to the emergency Services for their swift response to this tragic incident.”

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