The demolition of Didcot power station in the United Kingdom has been completed – five months after the tragedy that claimed the lives of four workers at the Oxfordshire site.

The explosion was carried out early in the morning of July 17. Because of the precarious state of the structure, remote-controlled robots were used in the demolition, which was described as being unlike anything undertaken previously.

Works to bring down the building, owned by RWE npower, were interrupted on February 23 when a former boiler house collapsed. The body of Mick Collings was found at the scene but those of three other workers – Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable – have remained undiscovered.

In May, Midlands-based contractor Coleman & Company handed over the recovery works to Brown and Mason.

With the full demolition complete, it is now hoped that the bodies of the three victims can be reunited with their families.

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