Updated Statement - Fatality at UPM Shotton, 6th February 2017
(Shotton, Deeside, 07/02/17, 16.00hrs) Following the fatality yesterday at UPM Shotton, further details on the incident are now available for release.
The deceased was a contract worker within the inbound recovered fibre warehouse. The man was struck at 11.30am. by a large bucket loader driven by another contract worker. The bucket loader is designed to move waste paper from the floor to the recycling lines inside of the warehouse as per standard operations. He was declared dead at the scene.
As per protocol, the Police were informed along with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). North Wales Police subsequently arrested the driver of the bucket loader, who assisted them with their enquiries. The driver has now been released without further charge.
The HSE has concluded interviewing of witnesses and reviewed materials relating to the incident. North Wales Police has handed the case to HSE for sole investigation. UPM will continue to fully support.
Mr David Ingham, General Manager, UPM Shotton said:
“We are all deeply shocked by this tragic incident. We made the decision to close the whole mill overnight as a mark of respect for the deceased and his family.
Staff affected by the incident will be offered support going forward, including counselling as required.”
He added: “We will continue to work closely with all parties to identify the cause of the incident. As this remains a live investigation by HSE we are unable to provide further comment.”
UPM Shotton is part of UPM Paper ENA which is a member of the UPM-Kymmene Corporation. The paper mill produces 100% recycled newsprint from recovered newspapers and magazine from the UK domestic recycling supply chain. The mill started operations in 1985 and has a single paper production line, a renewable power plant and a £17m materials recovery facility. It employs approximately 200 persons.
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