Cheshire man dies in Pyranha Mouldings factory oven

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The accident happened at Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn

A 54-year-old man has died after becoming trapped in a hot oven at a canoe factory in Cheshire.

Alan Catterall, from Murdishaw, was cleaning machinery at Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn. He was discovered in the oven shortly before 0900 GMT on Thursday.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

The firm said it was "shocked and saddened at the tragic loss" of Mr Catterall.

It added that it was co-operating with the police and the HSE. Cheshire Police said a criminal investigation was not being carried out and the coroner had been informed.

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said the oven was hot when they arrived and Mr Catterall was found inside it.

It is the second fatal industrial accident in north-west England in less than 24 hours.

A 39-year-old man was killed while working at Gaskells Waste Services in Kirkdale, Merseyside, on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, two men were killed at Sonae chipboard factory in nearby Kirkby.

Thomas Elmer, 27, and James Bibby, 24, both from Waterfoot, Lancashire, died when they were dragged into a giant silo.

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