On 7th March 2014, René Tkacik, then aged 44, was crushed to death by a fall of freshly applied shotcrete (sprayed concrete lining) at the Crossrail Fisher Street site.

At the time René was working for the BFK Joint Venture (BAM Nuttal Limited; Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited).  BBC London News

Timeline

  • 23 February 2015 - An Inquest into his death took place at St. Pancras Coroner’s Court. The jury made a narrative determination which raised concerns about health and safety practices on site.

  • 07 December 2016 - The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) the body responsible for enforcing Health & Safety laws in Great Britain, decided to prosecute BAM Nuttal Limited; Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited individually, rather than as a joint venture. A decision was also made to prosecute the 3 companies in relation to two further incidents which occurred in January 2015 in tunnels being constructed by BFK.

  • July 2017 - BAM, Ferrovial and Kier approached the HSE and suggested that they would enter guilty pleas in respect of all charges, but that those please would be entered by the Joint Venture. The HSE accepted those pleas.

  • 19 July 2017 - BFK pleaded guilty to all charges at a hearing.

  • 27 July 2017 - BFK sentenced at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court.  The case received coverage across News Media outlets including; BBC London News

The Charges

  • One charge under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

  • One charge under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

  • Two Charges under Regulation 22 (1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

We Can Help

MW Solicitor's Head of Personal Injury, Helen Clifford, represents the family of René Tkacik and Alex Vizitiu, one or the 2 men injured in January 2015.  She is a lifelong campaigner for Health and Safety at Work and in particular the construction industry and a supporter of the Blacklist Support Group who support workers who have been fired for raising Health & Safety concerns in the workplace.

If you or a family member have suffered an accident in the workplace, our dedicated and expert team of Personal Injury Lawyers can get you the justice you need.  To talk to one of our team call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

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