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UPM worker dies in warehouse incident

UPM has reported a fatality at its Shotton paper plant on Deeside.

In a statement, the company said the incident was in the recovered fibre warehouse at 11.30am on 6 February.

“The emergency services were called immediately, however the person was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. UPM Shotton’s emergency response team was on-site including a first aid responder.”

David Ingham, general manager, said the incident was being investigated and the company was working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“Our immediate thoughts are with the individual’s family and colleagues. We will provide full support to all staff involved and investigate fully with all parties.”

North Wales Police and the HSE were on-site interviewing witnesses and staff.

UPM said the recovered paper warehouse, which was used for the storing of paper prior to recycling, has been closed until further notice.

In August 2016, the company announced it had achieved five years at the Deeside mill without recording a lost time accident, the first UPM manufacturing unit, globally, to reach the milestone.

Parent company UPM-Kymmene launched a safety campaign in 2011.

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