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Monday, 21 April 2014

Millom factory worker killed

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A MAN who suffered serious head injuries while working at a factory has died.

Michael Pattinson, 59, had been emptying rubbish into a skip at Tornado Wire in Devonshire Road, Millom.

He was later found lying on the floor by a worker from a nearby company.

Mr Pattinson, of Queen’s Park, Millom, had suffered serious head injuries.

He was taken to Furness General Hospital in Barrow and died on Tuesday evening.

Acting Sergeant Laura Robinson, based at Millom police station, said yesterday: “We can confirm that Mr Pattinson has passed away.

“He died last night at Furness General Hospital.

“At the moment we are not releasing further details about the cause of death.”

An investigation was launched by the police and the Health and Safety Executive in a bid to establish exactly what happened in the run up to Mr Pattinson being found shortly before 6.30pm on Monday.

Jerry Bradnam, operations director at Tornado Wire, said: “We are carrying out our own
investigation and co-operating fully with the relevant authorities. We decided to close the factory on Tuesday as both a mark of respect and to enable colleagues to come to terms with the event. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the family who have requested privacy and time to come to terms with their loss.

“Until the matter is fully investigated we are unable to comment further.”

Tornado Wire’s 50-strong workforce was sent home for the day on Tuesday but the factory was open yesterday.

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