Two workers killed in wood processing accident

Published:  09 December, 2010

KIRKBY: The two workers killed in an industrial accident in Merseyside were named by friends today.

Thomas Elmer 27, and James Bibby 25, both from Rossendale, Lancashire, were working for sub-contractor Metso at the Sonae wood processing factory in Kirkby when the accident happened on Tuesday afternoon, the Liverpool Echo reported.

They were dragged by a conveyor belt into a huge silo machine which they were working to maintain, staff at the plant said.

Knowsley MP George Howarth raised the matter in the House of Commons with David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, demanding to know if "the necessary action" would be taken.

Jim McChesney, a close friend and neighbour of the Bibby family, said the whole community was in shock.

Senior investigating officer Det Insp Tom Keaton said: "The scene is sealed and will remain so until we are satisfied all relevant evidence has been gathered.

"Industrial operations at the site have been suspended and will remain so for now.

"We are in the early stages of what will be a very thorough and detailed investigation into the deaths of these two men, and my thoughts are with their families."

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