Police are searching part of a Biffa landfill in Staffordshire after the suspected death of a worker at a site 11 miles away.
A West Midlands Police statement said an area of Poplars landfill site in Cannock has been cordoned off by police following the suspected death of a 29-year-old man at Timmins Waste’s premises in Mander Street, Wolverhampton, on 15 September.
Police were alerted that evening by a woman who was concerned her son had not returned from work.
The statement said: “It is now believed he may have died as a result of an industrial incident at the site, although his body has not yet been recovered.
“An investigation has been launched, and West Midlands Police is working with the Health and Safety Executive to understand what happened. Enquiries have led police to the search at the landfill site in Cannock.”
Timmins Waste has also been secured by police for examination. Its website describes it as offering skip hire, waste management, recycling and log drying services. No one was available for comment at the company.
A Biffa spokesperson said: “Biffa can confirm that, at the request of the police, we are facilitating a search at our Poplars landfill site. This follows the delivery of material by a third party to our site on Sunday 16 September.”