Chingford News

Construction on new incinerator restarts after worker’s death

A man in his 50s died at the construction site last week
By Waltham Forest Echo

A mock-up of the planned new incinerator (credit: NLWA)
A mock-up of the planned new incinerator (credit: NLWA)

Construction work building a new incinerator near Chingford resumes today after it was suspended following a worker’s death.

Last week, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), which owns the incinerator and surrounding facilities in Edmonton, confirmed a worker was killed on 23rd November.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service shortly after 3pm after a man in his 50s was hit by a “heavy goods vehicle”. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Work on-site, which began in September, was suspended while the police and Health & Safety Executive investigated but resumes today.

A NLWA spokesperson said: “Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased team member. We are offering support to those affected during this extremely difficult time.

“Following the completion of site investigations, construction activities will follow a controlled approach to restarting, once a thorough review of safety procedures for each activity has been completed.

“The decision to reopen the site follows extensive consideration. The welfare and safety of staff is paramount, therefore the activities associated with the incident are still under review and will not commence until ACCIONA are completely satisfied that it is safe to do so.”

The construction is being carried out by ACCIONA, awarded the contract in December, after all other bidders dropped out.

The rebuild will cost an estimated £960million and will allow the new expanded incinerator to burn up to 700,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.

While environmental campaigners have objected fiercely to the plans, arguing the NLWA should focus instead on boosting recycling rates, the authority insists it has no choice but to replace the existing facility, built in 1969 and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.