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Hinkley Point C construction work halted after man killed in accident

Man in his 40s dies after ‘fatal traffic incident’ at the site of the nuclear power station being built in Somerset
A construction worker died at the site of the future Hinkley Point C power station, halting work there.
EDF Energy, which is building two new nuclear reactors at the site in Somerset, said emergency services were called following a fatal construction traffic incident at about 8.30am.  
The man was treated by paramedics but was pronounced a short time later, Avon and Somerset Police said.
A police spokesman told The Telegraph the man was a contractor in his 40s and the accident happened “outside in a central area of the site” involving “plant machinery”.
Nigel Cann, the Hinkley Point C delivery director, said: “We are very sad to confirm that one of our team was involved in a fatal construction traffic incident this morning during planned work activities.
“The incident is being investigated by the Police and the Health and Safety Executive and we will co-operate fully with the authorities.
“Work at the site has been stood down and we are offering support to colleagues affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”
Mr Cann said there were about 7,500 people working on the site in a video “progress update” shared by EDF in June.
A spokesman for the French energy company told The Telegraph that the worker was a male supervisor working for Bylor, the site’s main civil works contractor, which itself is a joint venture between construction giants Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke.
Both companies, which were served safety notices by the Office for Nuclear Regulation after a scaffolder fell while working at the site in March, were approached for comment by The Telegraph.
Hinkley Point C, one of the most complex pieces of engineering ever attempted in Britain, is expected to start generating electricity in June 2027.
In May, EDF said that the nuclear power station had pushed back its planned opening date by a year, adding an extra £3 billion to its total costs – now estimated to be between £25 billion and £26 billion – but with no cost impact on British consumers or taxpayers.
Hinkley Point A, the first nuclear power station at the site on the north Somerset coast, stopped operating in 2000 and is being decommissioned.
Hinkley Point B began operating in 1976 and stopped generating electricity at the beginning of August this year, leaving Britain with five nuclear power plants while dealing with the strain on electricity supplies amid Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The station was capable of producing enough for about 1.7 million homes, but closed because of its age, with hairline cracks appearing in the plant’s graphite bricks.
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