Investigations underway following worker deaths

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Investigations underway following worker deaths

8th December 2010

An investigation by Merseyside Police and the Health and Safety Executive is underway following the death of two workers a Merseyside chipboard factory.

According to news reports, police and emergency services were called to the Sonae factory on Moss Lane after the two men were apparently dragged into machinery at the site on an industrial estate in Kirkby.

Karl Tonks, a work accident specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said that it was believed the two agency workers were dragged by a conveyor belt into the workings of a huge silo.

"Fire crews and paramedics worked to free the young men from the machinery, but sadly both died at the scene," said Karl, a partner with the firm. "It appears that the victims had been contracted to carry out maintenance work at the site, and had only been at the factory for one day."

Media reports claim that Sonae - which makes woodchip for the construction and furniture industries - has previously been fined after workers have been injured in incidents at the plant.

"The area has been cordoned off and the police and Health and Safety Executive are now investigating the incident that led to these tragic deaths," said Karl.

Read more at - BBC News, Liverpool Daily Post