Tayside and Central Scotland

Worker dies after sustaining burns at Cowie chipboard factory

Norbord factory in Cowie Image copyright Google

A worker has died after sustaining serious burns at a chipboard factory in Stirlingshire.

The 64-year-old, named locally as George Laird, was fatally injured at the Norbord plant in Cowie.

He was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital following the incident on Wednesday afternoon but died overnight.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said that a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive was under way.

He added: "Police in Stirling were called to an industrial site off Station Road in Cowie at 5.40pm on Wednesday July 13 after a man sustained serious burns as a result of a work-related incident.

"The 64-year-old was transferred by ambulance to hospital, where he has since passed away.

"A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Police Scotland will be carried out in order to establish the full set of circumstances."

Karl Morris, managing director of Norbord Europe, said: "Safety is Norbord's top priority and we are deeply saddened by this incident.

"We express our profound sympathy to the family at this very difficult time.

"We are co-operating fully with Police Scotland and the HSE on their joint investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident."