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TWO DIE AT MERSEYSIDE CHIPBOARD FACTORY

Workmen fatally injured after becoming trapped during plant maintenance

Two young workmen have died at the Sonae UK Ltd plant in Kirkby on Merseyside. The company manufacture of wood based panels for the construction and furniture industries.

It is reported by local press that the deaths occurred after the men became “caught up in machinery”. Workers at the plant said they believed that two agency workers were “dragged by a conveyor belt into the workings of a huge silo”. The men are understood to have been carrying out plant maintenance work.

A spokesperson for Merseyside police said the two men, both believed to be in their twenties, were declared dead at the scene. Their families have been informed and no-one else was injured in the accident.

Merseyside Police and the HSE have started a joint investigation.

Comment

These tragic deaths come at a time when HSE, in partnership with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and others, is running a Safe Maintenance Campaign. The campaign for 2010-2011 aims to promote an integrated and structured approach to maintenance.

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