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Construction Worker Dies at Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant

A man in his 40s has died after a ‘fatal traffic incident’ at the site of the nuclear power plant being built in Somerset. 

EDF Energy, which is building two new nuclear reactors at the site in Somerset, said emergency services were called following a fatal construction traffic incident at about 8.30 am in November 2022.  

Delivery director Nigel Cann said: “One of our team was involved in a fatal construction traffic incident.” 

The man was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead a short time later, Avon and Somerset Police said. 

A police spokesman said the man was a contractor in his 40s and the accident happened “outside in a central area of the site” involving “plant machinery”. 

Thousands working on the site 

Nigel Cann, the Hinkley Point C delivery director, 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 cooperate 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.” 

Mr Cann said there were about 7,500 people working on the site in a video “progress update” shared by EDF in June. 

The latest setback for Hinkley C 

A spokesman for the French energy company said the worker was a male supervisor working for Bylor, the site’s main civil works contractor, which itself is a joint venture between construction giants Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke. 

Both companies were served safety notices by the Office for Nuclear Regulation after a scaffolder fell while working at the site in March. 

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Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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