The contractor working at Didcot A Power Station when it collapsed has expressed its disappointment at being taken off the recovery operation.
Part of the 10-storey boiler house at Didcot A Power Station collapsed at about 4pm on Tuesday 23 February. Michael Collings, 53, is known to have died and police have been working to recover the bodies of three missing people – Kenny Cresswell, Chris Huxtable and John Shaw. Birmingham-based Coleman Group had been working at the site.
Coleman said it had been told that the decision had been made in order to safe-guard employee welfare and preserve critical evidence.
A statement from the company said: “We have now reached a stage where we will be handing over the remaining recovery operation to another contractor within the next few weeks. This is of course hugely disappointing as we all wanted to recover our friends and colleagues and return them to their families.”
Kent-based Brown and Mason will now take over. However, once the process is completed, Coleman will continue with its contract on the wider site that was not part of the collapse.
The statement from Coleman added: “We wish to make it clear that this decision in no way diminishes the excellent work that everyone involved in supporting the recovery has done. The praise we have received from RWE, the Police and HSE for how we have conducted the recovery since it began, in these tragic and difficult circumstances, reflects the dedication and commitment we have to each other and the business.
“It has been explained to us that this decision has been made for reasons of safe-guarding employee welfare and the preservation of critical evidence. We understand these reasons and our immediate focus is to ensure that we continue with the recovery operation for as long as we are permitted and at the same time, work collaboratively to facilitate a seamless transition so that the recovery operation going forward proceeds without delay.”