Worker dies after ‘incident’ on Costain’s Gatwick Airport station site

A construction worker involved in Costain’s Gatwick Airport station upgrade has died.

The individual was employed by Kilnbridge, a structural works subcontractor contracted to the £150m project, and died from a fatal injury on site during the early hours of 22 July.

At this point, there is no further information on the incident, but an investigation has been launched.

Kilnbridge chief executive officer Dermot McDermott described the incident as a “tragic loss”.

He said: “An investigation has been launched, and we are working closely with the British Transport Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who are leading the investigation.”

“We are also liaising closely with our Gatwick Airport station project clients, Costain and Network Rail. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” he added.

Costain was appointed by Network Rail to work on the Gatwick Airport station upgrade in 2019.

Costain chief executive officer Alex Vaughan said: “We are shocked and saddened by this incident, and we are fully assisting the investigation into its cause. Our focus at this time is on supporting the individual’s family and on the wellbeing of our colleagues.”

Recent data from the HSE revealed that 30 construction workers died from fatal injuries at their workplace between April 2021 and March this year. This figure accounted for a quarter of the workplace deaths across all industries.

The British Transport Police, HSE and Network Rail have all been approached for comment.

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