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Worker breaks leg in New Parliament Building drop

AN O'ROURKE Group supervisor suffered severe leg injuries when a 600kg precast concrete wall panel fell on him as he supervised its installation on the controversial New Parliament Building in London this week.

Michael Clark's leg was broken in three places when the 800mm x 3,500mm precast panel fell as it was being lifted into place on the first floor of the building.

He had been supervising another worker who had been making manual adjustments to two bolts which secured the panel to a rail. It is understood they were having difficulty adjusting the bolts due to a camber in the panel.

Essex based subcontractor Dove Brothers, the building arm of contractor O'Rourke, has the £3.5M contract to supply and install the concrete partitions on the project. Dove had been on site for about three weeks and work installing the panels was at an early stage.

Client the Parliamentary Works Directorate ordered work to be stopped while it investigated the cause of the failure. Health and safety inspectors have also started an investigation and Dove Brothers is carrying out an internal inquiry.

Construction on Portcullis House is due for completion in August 2000. The building, which will provide more Westminster offices for MPs, has received criticism for its £240M price tag.

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