Crossrail chief says worker who died in tunnel "shouldn¹t have been where he was"

21 July 2014

Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan has said that the death of a Crossrail construction worker on the London project happened because ³the individual went into an area that was excluded".

Speaking to London Live, Morgan said that Crossrail bosses still do not know why the man went into the area, though they do know how he died.

The worker, identified after the incident by police as Rene Tkacik, a 43-year-old Slovakian national, was spraying concrete onto an area of excavated ground when another piece of concrete fell onto his head from the ceiling.

Police officers, three fire engines, over 50 firefighters and ambulance crews attended the scene of the accident on 7 March this year, but Mr Tkacik was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had been working 10m down a tunnel at the time, building a new crossover between two main train tunnels already constructed by the Crossrail boring machines.

Morgan said: ³It is a very difficult working environment as you can imagine, this particular individual was on a work site doing a very careful job in terms of what we call spray concrete on the walls we were building.

³This individual went into an area that was excluded, shouldn¹t have been in there and we¹re still trying to understand why it happened.

³As far as we are concerned this should not have happened."