UCATT calls for “honest debate” after inquest goes verdict on Rene Tkacik’s death

René Tkacik

René Tkacik

UCATT is calling on the construction industry to learn lessons from the death of Rene Tkacik who was killed on the Crossrail project.

Mr Tkacik was crushed to death by wet concrete last March while working for the Bam Ferrovial Kier joint venture on the Fisher Street tunnel near Holborn.

On Tuesday the jury at his inquest gave a narrative verdict while recording the death was accidental. The jury found that “unclear” processes including the method statement and an “unclear” definition of the exclusion zone, contributed to his death.

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “This was a terrible tragedy and my deepest condolences go to Mr Tkacik’s family. This death was clearly preventable and lessons must be learned from this tragedy to prevent similar accidents occurring in the future. No issues must be covered up to prevent similar deaths occurring in the future.

“If the industry wants to learn from this tragedy and improve safety then it is essential there is full transparency. We urgently need an honest debate about how the entire industry, including the union movement, can increase the safety of workers.”


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