Microsoft Azure: Fatal incident reported at new London substation for Microsoft data center

Feb 27, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

A fatal incident has been reported at an electrical substation being built to supply power to a new Microsoft data center in London. Reports have it that a worker was trapped after an incident involving an aerial work platform at the Park Royal, site in Ealing last week, and died of his injuries in hospital on Friday.

"Trying to uncover any information on this incident has been more than a challenge," said Vertikal. "It [is a] sad indictment of our industry that those involved feel obliged to keep all details secret. Most of the secrecy is a dance between the developer/client, contractor, the individual involved, and site managers to apportion blame."

A Microsoft spokesperson said: "We are deeply saddened by an incident at our construction site in Park Royal, Ealing in which a contractor subsequently lost their life. Our thoughts are with their family, friends, and colleagues at this difficult time. An incident investigation is currently underway, and support being offered to those affected. The health and safety of anyone working on Microsoft sites is a core priority and we are committed to ensuring the highest standards are met in the delivery of our projects."