Tribute to men who died following Didcot Power Station Collapse.
Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive, today (23/2) pay tribute to the four men who died following the partial collapse at Didcot Power Station.
A joint investigation between TVP and HSE, led by TVP, continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collapse to obtain answers for the affected families of the men, and also for those who were injured.
Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Jason Hogg and HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, Peter Baker, have today (23/2) paid tribute on what is the second anniversary of the collapse.
ACC Hogg, said: “I would like to personally and on behalf of Thames Valley Police pay tribute to the four men, Michael Collings, Ken Cresswell, Christopher Huxtable and John Shaw who tragically lost their lives following the collapse at Didcot Power Station, two years ago.
“Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of the men, as well as with those who were injured as a result of the collapse.
“We continue to offer support to the affected families, and provide them with regular updates on the ongoing investigation.
“They are at the centre of everything we do whilst we investigate the circumstances of the collapse.
“A Thames Valley Police and Health and Safety Executive Major Incident Room, led by a nationally accredited homicide Senior Investigating Officer, continues to investigate Corporate Manslaughter, Gross Negligence Manslaughter and serious Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) offences.
“This is a highly complex and almost unprecedented investigation in terms of scale and the volume of evidence that has been collected so far.
“I am aware of the need for answers as soon as possible, however we have a duty to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the collapse and we will not compromise on this.
“To give some context to the scale of this investigation, so far over 1,900 statements have been taken from witnesses and a number of individuals and companies have been interviewed under caution, with each interview taking hours at a time.
“Many of the witnesses and those who have been interviewed under caution, are likely to be re-interviewed.
“On-site evidence recovery continues to understand why the Boiler House collapsed, so far evidence has been collected from boilers 1 and 2, and we continue to gather evidence from boilers 3 and 4.
“The four boilers weighed around 15,000 tonnes each, and so far we have gathered evidence from around 50,000 tonnes of that material.
“In terms of exhibits we have collected over 1600 exhibits from the boiler houses and we are working with a total of over 3,900 exhibits, but this figure continues to increase.
“Thames Valley Police continues to have dedicated team on site, supported by the Health and Safety Executive, and a police scene guard remains at the site which is still a crime scene.
“We remain committed to providing the answers that the affected families deserve and our thoughts are with them and those who were injured as a result of this terrible incident.”
Chief Inspector of Construction, Peter Baker, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the four men who tragically lost their lives in the Didcot A boiler house collapse two years ago today, and to their families who continue to wait patiently for answers to how this terrible incident occurred.
“We are working tirelessly, alongside colleagues from Thames Valley Police, on finding those answers and getting to the truth for the families, and so that industry can learn from any wider lessons so that something like this does not happen again.
“This investigation will also find out if any criminal offences have been committed. The incident at Didcot was unique and the investigation is highly complex, both in scale and nature and therefore will take time to conclude. HSE has a dedicated team of inspectors, specialists, engineers, scientists and support staff working very closely with the Police on this joint investigation.”