The remaining element of the partially collapsed boiler house at Didcot A Power Station will have to be demolished before attempts to recover three bodies from the site can continue, it has been announced.
Part of the 10-storey boiler house at the dual-fired Oxfordshire energy plant 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 – Ken Cresswell, Chris Huxtable and John Shaw.
Birmingham-based Coleman Group began an operation to clear the site and aid attempts to find the missing men, before it was replaced in carrying out this task by Kent-based Brown and Mason.
Land owner RWE said in a statement this week: “Since the tragic accident at our Didcot site on 23 February 2016, we have been doing everything possible to locate and recover the missing men, Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable as quickly and as safely as possible.
“Our contractors have now reached the 50m safety exclusion zone, which is in place as the remainder of the structure is currently considered unstable. Sadly, this means that, until the remaining standing structure can be safely brought down, we have restricted access to the recovery area.
“We understand that the time it is taking to recover these men is deeply distressing for their families, and we are in contact with them. Our absolute priority is to recover their loved ones as quickly and as safely as possible.”