Police and the HSE are currently investigating the death of a 51 year old man after he was crushed to death at work.
The incident happened at Victoria Mills in Golcar, Huddersfield. The company, I.F.G Drake, Trading as Drake Extrusion Ltd, manufactures coloured polypropylene fibres and yarns. They are one of the biggest suppliers on the European market.
Emergency services were called just after 2am on Friday the 24th March. The gentleman, recently named by local press as husband and father of two, Javeed Ghaffer, was believed to have caught his arm in a machine he was working on was dragged into it, suffering severe crushing injuries. A workmate raised the alarm and activated the machine’s emergency stop, but it was too late. Mr Ghaffer was pronounced dead at the scene. Known as “Gaffer”, Mr Ghaffer was a popular local darts player who was well known and respected in the local community.
Drake Extrusion sent home staff from the mill and have ceased production whilst investigations into the accident take place.
A spokesman for the firm said: “There was an incident and it is being looked at. We cannot operate today (24/03/17) and we are being fully co-operative with all the authorities.”
A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: “The HSE has been made aware of an incident that took place in the Golcar area of Huddersfield overnight.
“We are assisting West Yorkshire Police as part of a joint inquiry.”
Drake Extrusion Ltd held a compulsory meeting for Staff on the morning of Tuesday 28th March. Workers were told that they should return to their normal shifts; however production would still remain suspended until investigations by West Yorkshire Police and the HSE come to a conclusion.
The HSE are reportedly due to return to the mill on Thursday 30th March.