[UPDATED] Man Found Dead At Milton Keynes Recycling Facility

fire-rescue-policeA man in his 40s has been found dead at Viridor’s materials recovery facility in Milton Keynes.

Thames Valley Police were called after receiving a report of the unexplained death shortly before 5.30pm on Monday, August 8.

The man, who is yet to be identified, was found deceased from what is believed to have been an accident.

Ian McAulay, chief executive of Viridor, said: “The entire Viridor team are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our colleague. Our thoughts are with him, his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”

The victim’s next of kin have been informed and the police are working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The death is being treated as unexplained but not as suspicious.

Ian McAulay, chief executive of Viridor, said: “The entire Viridor team are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our colleague. Our thoughts are with him, his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”

Viridor said it is working closely with the relevant authorities, who will conduct a full investigation into the incident.

Counselling support is being offered to colleagues at the site.

Thames Valley Police statement: “We received a report of an unexplained death at a recycling plant in Colts Holm Road, Old Wolverton, shortly before 5.30pm yesterday (8/8).

“Officers and the ambulance service attended the scene where a man, aged in his forties, was found deceased. His next of kin and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

“The death is being treated as unexplained but not believed to be suspicious and a file is being prepared for the Coroner.”

UPDATE [12 August]

The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Rafal Swiadek, a Polish-born Viridor employee, who had been with the company for seven years.

The Coroner heard during an inquest yesterday that CCTV footage examined by police and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) officers showed Mr Swiadek climbing into a ballistic separator where his body was later found.

The investigation is ongoing.

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