Savoie: a 64-year-old engineer killed in an accident on the -Turin tunnel site

Savoie: a 64-year-old engineer killed in an accident on the -Turin tunnel site
Savoie: a 64-year-old engineer killed in an accident on the Lyon-Turin tunnel site

An engineer died Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. on the construction site of the -Turin base tunnel in Saint-Julien-Montdenis (Savoie), indicated this Friday in a press release the company Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin (TELT) responsible for building this railway tunnel under the Alps. The victim is Bernard Sosnowski, site director for NGE on site operational number 8 of the Lyon-Turin, the drilling of the base tunnel.

Open investigation

The man was hit by a flatbed van during a maneuver, at the bottom of the tunnel, dug at this stage for approximately 500 meters. He died while being transported to hospital. Have internal security standards been respected? This will have to be determined the investigation, in conjunction with the labor inspectorate. An autopsy must be carried out. At the end of the day this Friday, the Albertville prosecutor’s office remained unreachable. The investigation should be opened “for unintentional injuries resulting in death”. The construction site was temporarily suspended.

64-year-old father

According to information from Bleu Pays de Savoie, the deceased engineer worked for the Implenia-NGE consortium (group of companies “Lyon Torino CO08”). “He was number 2 on the project,” indicates a local Source. “He was a very nice person, in love with his job, with the mountains (…) we knew him well, he had been working on the Lyon-Turin route for 10 years, he was already on the SMP4 construction site. The victim lived in Mauriennewas a father and aged 64. “This experienced engineer, recognized in the profession, was very appreciated by his colleagues,” continues TELT in a press release.

“The entire construction site is in mourning, we encountered it just before the tragedy” – Antoine Fatiga

Thursday afternoon, shortly before the tragedy, there were visits in the tunnel with representatives of the CGT-Cheminots. “I remember him very well, we greeted each other from afar,” entrusts Antoine Fatiga of the CGT-Cheminots. “I remember that at that time, there was a machine broken down, we still don’t know anything about the accident, we shouldn’t draw any conclusions for the moment (…) he knew the safety conditions better than anyone, the entire construction site is in mourning, one death is always one death too many on a construction site, this must lead us to ever more vigilance.”

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Third death in less than a year

This is the third death linked to the construction site since July 2023. A 51-year-old worker had died on a rail-laying site in the Parquet industrial zone in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. In November, a 31 year old technician lost his life in Maurienne after handling a concrete press.

The 57.5 km long cross-border tunnel – a key element of a future new Lyon-Turin line, between the south-east of France and northern Italy – must be put into service in 2032. It arouses strong reactions . In June 2023, a major mobilization against Lyon-Turin had been organized in Maurienne. In the winter of 2018-2019, several large demonstrations successively brought together tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of the project in Turin.

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