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UPDATE: Silent tribute for UPM contractor

UPM has given more details of an incident at its Shotton paper plant on Monday in which a worker died.

The victim, Austin Thomas, was a contract worker for Downton within the inbound recovered fibre warehouse.

He was struck by a large bucket loader driven by another contract worker and declared dead at the scene. The bucket loader moves waste paper from the floor to the recycling lines inside the warehouse.

There will be a minute’s silence at 12.45 at the Shotton plant and they will be joined by employees at Saica across its UK sites, as well as across the UPM group. 

David Ingham, general manager at UPM Shotton, said: “We have had many individuals and companies, from within the UK paper industry and beyond, who have made contact with us to express condolences to the bereaved and solidarity with all employees who have been affected by the tragic accident.

“Both UPM and Downton have provided full access to their respective occupational health teams, which will offer counselling to those affected if required.”

The mill and warehouse were closed on Monday night until Tuesday morning as a mark of respect to family and colleagues.

UPM says North Wales Police have handed the investigation over to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

UPM and Downton, which provides warehouse services for UPM Shotton, say they have fully reviewed all procedures following the incident and consulted the HSE.

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