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Police investigate textile recycling death

A man has died on a textiles recycling site in Kent that was the subject of action by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year.

Police were called to Moosh’s base on Europa Trading Estate, Erith, shortly after 10am on Friday 6 April after reports of an injury caused by a falling object.

The man, thought to be in his 40s, died at the scene.

Moosh was served with a prohibition notice on 21 September 2017 after failing to take measures to prevent access to dangerous machinery.

The HSE said it was assisting police with their enquiries regarding last week’s fatality.

Metropolitan Police added in a statement: “A post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday 11 March and has the cause of death as a serious head injury.

”Met police officers are investigating alongside the HSE. A crime scene was put in place and has since been closed.

“A 55-year-old man is helping police with their enquiries.”

Moosh says on its website that it is a family-run business handling 300 tonnes a week of textiles. The Textile Recycling Association confirmed that Moosh was not one of its members.

The company has been contacted for comment.

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