Man killed at Sonae chipboard plant named as James Kay

James Dennis Kay
Image caption Mr Kay died at the scene of the incident

A man killed in an incident at a chipboard factory on Merseyside where two people died in December has been identified by police.

James Dennis Kay, 62, from the Heywood area of Greater Manchester, suffered fatal injuries at the Sonae plant.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the Kirkby factory on Saturday morning. Mr Kay died at the scene.

A post-mortem test into the subcontractor's death proved inconclusive, Merseyside Police said.

A joint investigation between the force and the Health and Safety Executive is being carried out.

'Extremely saddened'

Andrew Connolly, managing director of Andrew Connolly Demolition which Mr Kay was working for at the site, said: "Unfortunately, we can confirm that there has been a fatality of one of our construction workers whilst we were undertaking demolition work at Sonae Industria's plant in Kirkby yesterday.

"We are extremely saddened by this tragic incident and our deepest sympathies are with his family.

"A full investigation is now under way to establish exactly what happened in the segregated area of the plant that was under our control."

Nigel Graham, managing director at Sonae Industria, said the factory had been temporarily closed as a mark of respect but would be operational again on Monday.

Mr Kay's death follows an incident last December when two workers died after falling into a machine at the plant.

In June, George Howarth, Labour MP for Knowsley, called for the site to be permanently closed down.

The comments came after a fire the same month caused extensive damage to the site.

Sonae Industria, which opened the factory in 2000, uses wood chippings in the manufacture of chipboard and particle board.

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