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Crossrail contractors fined £1m

31 July 2017

A joint venture of three companies working on the Crossrail tunnels has been fined a total of more than £1m following safety failures on the project, including the death of a worker.  

Southwark Crown Court heard that Renè Tkáčik, died as nearly a tonne of wet concrete was poured on to him. In two other incidents a worker was injured when a tipper truck crushed his leg, while another man was injured when a high pressure mixture struck him.  

BFK – joint venture contractors comprising of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas – were fined £300,000 in relation to Tkáčik; £600,000 for the serious leg injuries to Terrence Hughes; and £165,000 for the injuries Alex Vizitiu who hurt his head and suffered hip injuries.  

They were taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  

HSE head of operations Annette Hall said: “Had simple measures... been taken, all three incidents could have been prevented, and Renè Tkáčik may not have died.  

“All three workers were taking part in one of the most important and challenging infrastructure projects of the decade. It was this joint venture's duty to protect its dedicated and highly-skilled workforce.  

“On these three occasions, BFK failed in its duty, with tragic consequences for Renè Tkáčik and his family.”  

During sentencing, Judge Beddoe said: “The fines I impose do not and cannot attempt to place value on human life.

“The deceased was a very talented and industrious man who devoted his life to his family, in particular his daughter, his wife and his mother.”  

The court heard that Tkáčik was a “hugely experienced” worker when he died in 2014.  

He had been working in the UK to earn money to send home to his family in Slovakia so he could pay for his daughter Esther to go to university, a statement from his wife Renata said.

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