Thu, 09/12/2010 - 01:32

Two workers have been killed at the Sonae industrial plant in Kirkby after they were reportedly dragged by a conveyor belt into the workings of a silo.

It is believed that James Bibby (24) and Thomas Elmer (27) had been contracted in to carry out maintenance work at the plant which manufactures wood-based panels for use in the furniture and construction industries.

One Sonae worker told the Liverpool Echo: "For a long time, staff have been warning about concerns over safety at the plant."

Previously, the plant has been the scene of chemical leaks, fires, as well as other industrial accidents. Residents on the nearby Northwood estate have also raised environmental concerns about Sonae, claiming that emissions coming from the plant were having an adverse effect on their children's health.

Liverpool Solidarity Federation expresses its condolences to the family and friends of James and Thomas. We also  hope that, one way or another, Sonae ceases to pose a risk to the lives of its workers and those living nearby once and for all.

 Workers' Memorial Day will take place on April 28th 2011. For more information, click here.

Image: The Northwood estate, Kirkby. The Sonae factory is visible in the background.