Crossrail suspends ground breaking work following explosion

Firm reissues safety guidance to contractors

Crossrail has suspended all ground breaking work following an electrical explosion at its Drury Lane site in central London.

On Wednesday a man was taken to hospital after he struck a below ground cable while working at the site and suffered burns from the resulting explosion.

A spokesperson for Crossrail said the suspension of ground breaking activity such as piling and utility excavation was “standard procedure” following a cable strike incident “until we are fully confident that it is safe to proceed”.

They added: “Crossrail has also issued instructions to contractor sites reiterating the processes that must be followed when approving and undertaking below ground works.”

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