Crossrail bosses have halted all tunnelling involving sprayed concrete following the death of a construction worker.
Crossrail has unveiled plans to create a permanent line-wide art exhibition across eight of its new central and east London stations.
Work on Crossrail has exposed a burial ground opened in Farringdon at the time of the Black Death.
– Crossrail spokesperson
“When the incident occurred, work was taking place to build a new crossover tunnel between two train tunnels that have already been constructed by Crossrail’s boring machines.
The worker was spraying concrete onto the excavated ground when a piece of concrete from the ceiling of the tunnel fell and hit him.
Crossrail has suspended all work at Fisher Street and associated works across the project.
Safety is our number one priority and Crossrail sets the most stringent safety requirements in the industry.
Despite this terrible incident, Crossrail’s accident rate is below the industry average.”
A spokesperson for Crossrail has told ITV London that the worker who has died was spraying concrete when a piece of concrete from the ceiling fell and hit him.
– Guy Langston, Unite regional officer
"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the worker who has been tragically killed today.
Crossrail's contractor BFK has some serious questions to answer.
Unite is particularly concerned about health and safety at the site because this is not the first serious incident.
In December 2012, a worker sustained horrific burns when he cut through a cable.
We now expect BFK to meet with Unite as a matter of urgency.
The contractor must explain how it intends to do everything in its power to ensure that a tragic incident like this does not happen again."
– Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary
"We expect the coalition Government to pay special attention to this tragic incident.
Since the Government took power, there have been constant attacks on safety laws and regulations.
The Government should be strengthening health and safety laws, not weakening them."
A construction worker has been killed at one of the Crossrail construction sites in central London.
Firefighters tried to rescue the 43-year-old after he sustained head injuries 32ft down a tunnel in Holborn earlier today.
– Crossrail spokesman
"Sadly, at approximately 5am this morning a contractor working at our site in Fisher Street, London was fatally injured.
"Our first and foremost thoughts are with the family and friends affected by this. The next of kin are being informed.
"We are establishing the facts and a full investigation into the incident has commenced."
An MP has celebrated the awarding of a £1 billion Crossrail contract to Derby-based manufacturer Bombardier, claiming it has saved hundreds of jobs by ensuring the firm did not pull out of the UK.
Derby North MP Chris Williamson told ITV News Central the deal will enable Bombardier to bid for new contracts - whereas if they had lost the contract, it may have meant the firm pulling out of Derby altogether.
He said it was a fitting tribute to 175 years of trainmaking in the city.
Workers at the Bombardier plant in Derby have spoken of their relief and delight at today's announcement the firm has been awarded a lucrative £1 billion government contract.
The company warded off competition from overseas to seal the deal to supply 65 trains to the Crossrail project in London.
Manufacturing work on the company's existing contract to supply Tube trains was continuing this morning at the plant in Old Oak Common.
The new deal has secured the future of around 760 jobs, and means the creation of 244 new positions at the site.