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Didcot Power Station Collapse Legal Update

Families Battling For Answers Two Years On


James Clarke, Press Officer | +44 (0)161 838 3169

As the second anniversary of the Didcot Power Station collapse which killed four men approaches, the relatives of those killed are still awaiting answers to the cause of the collapse.

In February 2016, Christopher Huxtable, from Swansea, Kenneth Cresswell and John Shaw, both from Rotherham, and Michael Collings, from Teesside, lost their lives after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Didcot A plant.

The families are still awaiting a full inquest into the disaster, and the Health and Safety Executive and the Police are yet to complete the investigation into the incident. 

At a pre-inquest review hearing at Oxford Coroner’s Court last month, it was revealed that police investigating the collapse are considering manslaughter charges.

Keith Cundall, a specialist workplace accident lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who represents the families of Kenneth Cresswell, John Shaw and Christopher Huxtable, said: “The tragic disaster that occurred at the Didcot Power Station in February 2016 will live long in the memories of those who witnessed it and those who lost family and friends. 

“The lives of the families we represent have been changed forever and the uncertainty about the current situation continues to cause them an unbelievable amount of distress, particularly after the ordeal they went through before their loved ones were finally recovered.

“The families want answers as to why this tragedy occurred however they also know that an investigation of this sort will take time. A thorough investigation is their first priority. 

“Throughout this process we will continue to support them and work with them to ensure they get the answers they deserve.  

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