Police and HSE launch investigation after agency worker on £130m London office scheme is killed

The Health and Safety Executive has placed a prohibition notice on a £130m Bovis Lend Lease site after the death of an agency worker earlier this month.

The Sky Television project team at Osterley, west London, has been ordered to halt all transport movement while the HSE and the police carry out a preliminary investigation.

Hugues Makambila, a 35-year-old man who is understood to be from the Ivory Coast, was an agency worker employed by logistics specialist Wilson James. He died after being struck by a steel girder on 5 June.

According to a source, Makambila had been walking along a designated walkway when the girder fell on him from a vehicle.

The Metropolitan Police and HSE have launched an investigation.

Makambila had been walking on a designated walkway when the girder fell on him

A Bovis Lend Lease spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the site was closed for a period. It is now reopened and there will be no adverse effect on the overall programme.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and we are doing all we can to co-operate with the emergency services.”

A spokesperson for Wilson James said: “Our thoughts are with Hugues’ family and friends at this very sad time. We will do everything we can to supply the help and support they need.”

The steelwork contractor on the project is Fisher Engineering.

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