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A worker dies on the Grand Paris Express construction site

A 41-year-old worker died on Tuesday, December 22 on the construction site of the metro line 16 of the Grand Paris Express in La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis), after a fall into a grinding tank located 30 meters deep, we learned Thursday from the Bobigny prosecutor’s office. “An investigation is currently carried out by the police station of La Courneuve, of the count of manslaughter in the context of work”, said this source.

The victim was an employee of the Eiffage construction company. The French group “Is extremely affected by the death of one of his companions and stands alongside the family and all the teams from the sites concerned to support them”, said a spokesperson for Eiffage. This is the first death of a companion on the Grand Paris Express site, the Société du Grand Paris reported.

The Grand Paris Express is a public transport network megaproject made up of four metro lines and intended to link the suburbs of Ile-de-France to each other.

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Construction, the most accident-prone sector

In 2019, the number of work accidents rose to 655,715 new recognized claims (+ 0.6% compared to 2018), according to Medicare figures.

In its latest report (2017), the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM), which only counts private sector employees, speaks of 530 employees who died at their workplace, not to mention the 264 cases of death on the way. to go to work, or suicide cases – more than 10 people each week in France, a figure « stable ».

Despite an almost continuous decline for twenty years, the construction industry remains the most accident-prone sector. Accidents recognized there are however down by 29% compared to ten years earlier, while in the sectors of home help, nursing homes, interim and personal care (activities insured at more than 97% by women), they increased by 45% over the same period, according to the CNAM.

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