Final body recovered from Didcot disaster site

Grant Prior 2 years ago
Share

The body of the final missing demolition worker at Didcot Power Station was recovered from the site yesterday.

Emergency services pay their respects

Emergency service formed a guard of honour while the body of John Shaw from Rotherham was removed from the site after being located on Friday.

Shaw is the last of four victims to be located under the rubble after the power station’s boiler house collapsed on February 23.

Thames Valley Police said: “His family has been informed and are being supported by specially trained police Family Liaison Officers. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“A joint Thames Valley Police and Health Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances of his death.”

All four men were employed by Coleman & Company. The other three victims were Mick Collings, Chris Huxtable and Kenny Cresswell.

Managing director Mark Coleman said: “For the families, the loss of their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers and sons is an absolute tragedy and everyone at Coleman & Company is deeply sorry for their loss.

“The families of Chris Huxtable, Kenny Cresswell and John Shaw, have had to endure an agonising wait for their loved ones to be recovered and during this time we have witnessed a spirit of togetherness and support for each other.

“All the families are in our thoughts and prayers and we remain committed to supporting them in anyway we can.”

“We wish to express our heart felt thanks to RWE who took a leading role in planning the work that allowed recovery operations to continue, Alford Technologies who undertook remote demolition and Brown and Mason who provided people, plant and equipment to undertake the most sensitive aspects of the recovery operation in the most difficult of circumstances.

“Finally, our thanks go to the incredible work of the emergency services, rescue teams and all the volunteers who have taken part in the past 7 months. We are in your debt.”

Latest news

Police conduct three Grenfell interviews under caution

Investigation moves to a new phase following year of forensic work
8 hours ago

Surge in orders to see Robertson turnover top £700m

Contractor to report 25% increase in work as it is now live on 237 sites
1 hour ago

MPs slam building inspection and materials testing regimes

Construction under fire for "conflicts of interest that are pervasive throughout the industry"
14 hours ago

Race starts for £75m portable modular homes deal

London borough launches initiative to move homes from site-to-site
9 hours ago

London council scraps £2bn Lendlease deal

Haringey rips-up agreement with developer to build 6,400 new homes
16 hours ago

Crane driver breaks back on Balfour Channel Tunnel site

Accident during £120m contract to install electricity cable between Great Britain and France
1 day ago

Bid race takes-off for London City airport terminal

Key main terminal expansion substructure and concrete works up for grabs
1 day ago

Kier fined £600,000 after concrete block hits worker

Court hears how lack of supervision led to accident on rail bridge site
1 day ago

Graham wins £90m Congleton link road

Project includes a 85m bridge over the River Dane
2 days ago

SES lands £20m M&E deal at soft drinks bottling plant

Work to start this month powering major extension to Rugby factory
16 hours ago

Suppliers unable to contact demolition giant Cuddy Group

Calls to head office going unanswered
2 days ago

Over 1,000 staff still stranded at Carillion

Official Receiver investigators are sifting through 6bn rows of data
2 days ago

Balfour set for £60m Strathclyde Uni teaching hub

Firm lined up for first major job in £650m building programme
2 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
3 months ago

60 jobs axed as Somerset building contractor sinks

Long-established R G Spiller enters administration
2 days ago

Nine in 10 councils breaking prompt payment rules

Findings emerge on six month anniversary of collapse of Carillion
2 days ago

Roadworks speed limit could be raised to 60mph

Motorway trials to test different limits through highways sites
2 days ago

McLaughlin & Harvey lands £50m Liverpool training centre

Construction to start in October on new academy
2 days ago

Plans in for final phase of £1bn Chelsea Barracks scheme

Last phase includes 126 affordable homes, and separate sports and medical centres
3 days ago

Joiners injured in temporary access platform collapse

Court hears how two workers plunged seven metres through unsafe platforms at hospital site
3 days ago

Green light for £50m Portsmouth Uni sports centre

Sports hub is the first project in a £400m University upgrade plan
3 days ago

Wates wins £161.5m Wembley resi blocks deal from Quintain

Latest deal is Wates largest ever award on a single site
6 days ago

Construction’s most considerate contractors win ultra site awards

Latest initiative rewards highest industry site standards and supply chain collaboration
3 days ago

Go-ahead for 37-storey Leeds student tower

Work to start before the end of this year on landmark student tower
6 days ago

Construction degrees come under fire from students

Students claim courses fail to prepare them for life in the industry
6 days ago

McAlpine to start £30m Manchester biomedical hub

Work to start in September on Citylabs 2.0 building project
6 days ago

Roofer in six metre plunge on to solid concrete floor

Court hears how worker suffered multiple fractures after plunge on refurbishment job
6 days ago

Cost of industry skills cards set to rise in September

CSCS leaders confirm 20% price rise per card to £36
7 days ago

£300m Bristol Uni campus approved

Work due to start on Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus early next year
6 days ago

Crossrail’s Sir Terry Morgan to lead HS2

Morgan replaces David Higgins as HS2 chairman next month
6 days ago

Contractor services