Birmingham (England): Five men have died after an industrial accident at a recycling site in Birmingham. West Midlands Police were called to the Hawkeswood Metal plant in Nechells at 8.45am on Thursday morning, following reports that a “large concrete structure containing metal” had collapsed.
The force said emergency crews were unable to save those trapped, and they were pronounced dead at the scene. A sixth man has been taken to hospital with serious leg injuries.
The West Midlands Fire Service have described the scene of the accident as “extremely challenging” as an unstable structure involving a “significant tonnage of concrete and metal” needs to be moved.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Taylor said: “This is a devastating incident is for everyone involved. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victims’ families and colleagues.
“Once the police have finished their initial examination of the scene, our absolute priority will be to ensure that the bodies of those who have lost their lives are recovered in the most timely and safe way possible, and with the utmost dignity and respect.”
Police have launched an investigation into the industrial accident with the help of the Health and Safety Executive. Detective Superintendent Mark Payne said “several teams” of specialist officers were supporting the families of those who died.
He added: “This has been a very traumatic incident for those who were at the site this morning and we will continue to work alongside the HSE and the other emergency services at the scene.”