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PROBE INTO CRUSH DEATH OF WORKER; Man died trapped in factory press.

Byline: ALAN JEWELL

THE Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation after a man was crushed to death at a factory in Kirkby.

An inspector has started a preliminary inquiry after the incident at EP Mouldings, a plastics company, in Yardley Road, on the Knowsley Industrial Estate.

The worker, said to be in his 30s and from Anfield, became trapped in a hydraulic press shortly after 12am on Friday.

Emergency services were called to the scene but the man was pronounced dead after suffering injuries to his chest and back.

An HSE spokesman said: ``The accident is believed to have happened at 12.30am when an employee became trapped in a thermo-forming machine, which has heated plastic fed into it and shapes the plastic.

``He was trapped in the machine while dealing with a production problem and was crushed by the weights that shape the plastic.

``The night shift was sent home and the Health and Safety executive started an investigation. That will be continuing when the inspector will be looking at the machinery and interviewing staff.''

A spokeswoman for EP Mouldings, which employs 115 people at the factory, said: ``It is with sadness that the company can confirm that there has been an accident which has resulted in a fatality.

``The company cannot make any further comment.''

An inquest into the man's death will be opened and adjourned tomorrow in Whiston.
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Date:May 20, 2002
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