Fatal Work Accident in the Ceneri Base Tunnel

Today, September 22, 2010, at 2.20 am, a serious accident occurred on the AlpTransit construction site in the Ceneri Base Tunnel at Sigirino.

A team of workers was occupied with rock supporting measures. For reasons that are not yet known, while the workers were drilling for anchors a block of rock fell from a height of 7-8 metres and struck a 54-years-old Italian miner. After alerting the emergency services, the miner's colleagues gave the injured man first aid. He was driven by ambulance to hospital where he died in the early hours of the morning.

The public attorney of the Canton of Ticino has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident.