Holborn 'explosion'

A Crossrail worker - believed to be in his 20s - has been taken to hospital with serious burns after he cut through an electrical cable at a central London site, causing an explosion.

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Questions over Crossrail health and safety

It is the largest construction project in Europe, but after a worker was badly burnt on a Crossrail site yesterday, serious questions are being raised about health and safety.

Barry Mcgreham is in a specialist burns unit, after he was injured yesterday when cables were cut through on a Central London site.Now the London Assembly says it's becoming 'concerned' at the 'frequency' of Crossrail accidents. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports

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Crossrail: ''Safety of our staff is paramount''

A spokesman for Crossrail said today:

“Crossrail regards the safety of all those working on the project as paramount and requires all workers to adhere to strict safety requirements including an obligation to raise any concerns.

We fully investigated Unite’s specific claims and found no evidence to support them. Crossrail has written to Unite on several occasions to update them on industry and health safety issues but has yet to receive a response.”

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Crossrail confirms worker hurt in 'explosion'

A spokesperson for Crossrail said:

At around 12.40 today a construction worker engaged on the Crossrail project undertaking utility excavation in the High Holborn area struck a below ground electrical cable. London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police all attended the scene and the worker was taken to hospital. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

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