Third man killed at chipboard plant

A man has died in an incident on Saturday at the Sonae chipboard factory on Merseyside where two people died in December.

A joint investigation between Merseyside Police and the Health and Safety Executive is being carried out into the death of 62-year-old James Kay.

Andrew Connolly, managing director of Andrew Connolly Demolition which Kay was working for at the site, said: “Unfortunately, we can confirm that there has been a fatality of one of our construction workers whilst we were undertaking demolition work at Sonae Industria’s plant in Kirkby.

“We are extremely saddened by this tragic incident and our deepest sympathies are with his family.

“A full investigation is now under way to establish exactly what happened in the segregated area of the plant that was under our control.”

Kay’s death follows an incident last December when two workers died after falling into a machine at the plant.

Sonae Industria, which opened the factory in 2000, uses wood chippings in the manufacture of chipboard and particle board.

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