Hinkley Point C dies: a man dies after a traffic accident
EDF Energy said the accident occurred during “planned work activities”.
A man has died after a traffic accident at the Hinckley Point C power plant in Somerset.
Emergency services were called to the site around 8:30 a.m. Sunday to report that a man had been hit by the machinery. Despite the ambulance service’s efforts, the man died shortly thereafter, according to Avon and Somerset Police.
EDF Energy said the accident occurred during “planned work activities”. The company is involved in the construction of a new nuclear power plant with twin reactors being built on the site.
Hinkley Point C is expected to start generating electricity in 2026. Hinkley Point A, the first nuclear power plant on site on the North Somerset coast, ceased operations in 2000 and is being decommissioned.
Hinkley Point B began operating in 1976 and stopped generating electricity at the beginning of August of this year.
What did Hinkley Point C say about death?
Nigel Kahn, Director of Delivery at Hinkley Point C, said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of our team has been involved in a fatal traffic accident this morning during planned work activities. The incident is being investigated by the Police and Executive Director of Health and Safety, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities.
“Work on the site has been halted and we offer support to colleagues affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”
Avon and Somerset Police said his closest relatives have been informed “and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time”. The force added, “We are in contact with the Director of Health and Safety and our investigations into the accident are ongoing.”