Families' call for answers over Didcot Power Station disaster

By Michael Upton | 21/02/2018

Families' call for answers over Didcot Power Station disaster

THE FAMILIES of the men who died in the Didcot Power Station disaster are calling for answers as the second anniversary of the tragedy approaches.

Ken Cresswell (pictured above) and John Shaw (pictured below), both from Rotherham, died in February 2016, along with  Michael Collings, from Teesside, and Christopher Huxtable, from Swansea, when the boiler house collapsed at the Oxfordshire site.

The families are still awaiting a full inquest into the disaster, and the Health and Safety Executive and the Police are yet to complete the investigation into the incident. 

At a pre-inquest review hearing at Oxford Coroner's Court last month, it was revealed that police investigating the collapse are considering manslaughter charges.

Keith Cundall, a specialist workplace accident lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who represents the families of Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Christopher Huxtable, said: “The tragic disaster that occurred at the Didcot Power Station in February 2016 will live long in the memories of those who witnessed it and those who lost family and friends. 

“The lives of the families we represent have been changed forever and the uncertainty about the current situation continues to cause them an unbelievable amount of distress, particularly after the ordeal they went through before their loved ones were finally recovered.

“The families want answers as to why this tragedy occurred however they also know that an investigation of this sort will take time. 

“A thorough investigation is their first priority. 

“Throughout this process we will continue to support them and work with them to ensure they get the answers they deserve."


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