Building worker dies at Heathrow’s Terminal 5

One worker has died and another was seriously injured while working at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 (T5) development on Wednesday afternoon.


They were involved in building a car park when a bolt failed on a cantilever slab. Both men were immediately taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. One of the workers, Mathew Gilbert, later died. The other worker is said to be in a stable condition.


No further details of the accident are available, although three Health & Safety Executive inspectors are on site investigating. Work was suspended in the immediate area where the accident happened, and the T5 site was closed yesterday as a mark of respect.


BAA takes pride in its ‘one-in-a-million’ safety record.


A spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that one worker has been killed and another seriously injured following an accident on site. Everybody on the site is shocked and saddened.”

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