The final body has been recovered at Didcot Power Station following a partial collapse that resulted in four men being killed.
Thames Valley Police force has formally identified John Shaw from Rotherham as the last man to be recovered from the site.
The men were buried under rubble after a partial collapse at the decommissioned plant in south Oxfordshire, where demolition work had been ongoing since 2013.
Mr Shaw’s death and the circumstances that led to the incident are now being jointly investigated by Thames Valley Police and the Health Safety Executive (HSE).
Four killed in collapse
A major incident was declared at the site at around 4pm on February 23, 2016.
Michael Collings, 53, from Brotton, North Yorkshire, was the first man to be found among the rubble.
Christopher Huxtable was later recovered on August 31 and the body of Ken Cresswell was found on September 7.
Coleman and Company – the firm that employed all four men – acknowledged the “agonising wait” the families of the men had endured.
“For the families, the loss of their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers and sons is an absolute tragedy and everyone at Coleman & Company is deeply sorry for their loss,” said Mark Coleman, managing director of Coleman and Company.
A seven-month wait
A “spirit of togetherness” had been seen in the families of the four men as they endured the seven-month wait before all men were accounted for, Mr Coleman added.
Teams had to slowly scour more than 30-feet of rubble in the search.
Coleman and Company say it is indebted to the emergency services, rescue teams and all the volunteers who had taken part in the recovery of the men.
Mr Shaw’s family are now being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.
Source: Safety and Health Practitioner
Date Published: September 28, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown