'Selected' construction work restarts at Hinkley Point C after death of worker

'Selected' construction work has resumed at nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, following the death of a worker on site.

The building of the nuclear power station in West Somerset was halted after a man in his 40s died in a 'crushing injury'.

It was the first fatality at the project, which was given the go-ahead by the UK government in 2016.

A statement from EDF Energy said: “We have restarted selected construction activities today as part of a phased approach.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and follows a great deal of work and careful consideration.”

It is understood that the site’s chaplain and around 400 mental health ‘buddies’ have been supporting staff following the incident.

The incident is being investigated by the police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE attended the site over the weekend and an investigation has now been passed on to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

A spokesperson for the Office for Nuclear Regulation said: “Our thoughts remain with the individual’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“We have an established presence on site and have been supporting Avon and Somerset Police with their inquiries as appropriate.

"We have formed a specialist investigation team and have commenced our inquiries in parallel with the police.

“It is very early days in our understanding of this incident and it is important to understand that investigations of this nature take time.

“As this is a live investigation, we will not be commenting further so as not to prejudice those inquiries.

“We will maintain a presence during the coming weeks to gain evidence of the safe management of activities on site and the enhanced safety measures that are being put in place.”