Worker killed building new incinerator named

A police investigation into the incident is still ongoing
By Waltham Forest Echo

An artist's impression of the new incinerator being built over the border from Chingford (credit: NLWA)
An artist’s impression of the new incinerator being built over the border from Chingford (credit: NLWA)

Police have now revealed the name of the worker who died building the new incinerator near Chingford.

Ioan Sabou, a 50-year-old from Haringey, was killed on the afternoon of 23rd November after he was hit by a “heavy goods vehicle” at Edmonton EcoPark.

Ioan was working on the controversial project to build a new, expanded incinerator to burn North London’s waste.

Work on the incinerator was briefly suspended while the police and the Health & Safety Executive investigated at the scene but began restarting from 30th November.

A Met Police spokesperson told the Echo: “An investigation is ongoing, led by the North Area Command Unit. The Health and Safety Executive is providing support.

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“There have been no arrests.”

The incinerator is owned by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), chaired by Waltham Forest Council deputy leader Clyde Loakes.

Work building the new incinerator is being carried out by ACCIONA, awarded the estimated £960million contract in December after all other bidders dropped out.

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.”

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