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Crossrail worker injured in electrical explosion

17 December 2012

An employee of Barhale Construction working on the London Crossrail project has been taken to hospital with serious burns after he cut through a cable at a central London site, causing an electrical explosion. A loud noise was reported at the building site near the junction of High Holborn and Drury Lane. Nearby roads were closed off causing delays.

A spokesperson for Crossrail confirmed the incident and said the Health and Safety Executive had been informed. An emergency service source said units sent to the site included an ambulance crew, duty officer, two cycle respondants, a motorcycle respondant, our hazardous area response team and a London Air Amulance team in a car. There were also three fire engines and 15 firefighters from Euston, Soho, and Clerkenwell fire stations at the scene.

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