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Worker crushed to death at Wolverhampton factory

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A worker died today after being crushed under a ton of glass at a Wolverhampton factory.

A worker died today after being crushed under a ton of glass at a Wolverhampton factory.

The 46-year-old suffered a heart attack during the accident at a glass manufacturer in Heath Town. Paramedics and an air ambulance were called to Watsons Glass & Mirrors Process Works in Old Heath Road.

A machine inside the factory was this afternoon behind police tape as an investigation was launched into the death.

Firefighters from West Bromwich were called at around 10am to help police and paramedics move the man, believed to be from the Bushbury area, into an ambulance.

Despite efforts to save him, he was confirmed dead shortly afterwards at New Cross Hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Chris Kowalik said this afternoon: "A man had suffered crush injuries and, on arrival of crews, attempts to resuscitate him were already under way.

"Accompanied by the doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a paramedic from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, he was taken by ambulance to New Cross Hospital where, despite everyone's best efforts, he was confirmed dead."

West Midlands Police spokesman Hilary Hopker said the man was pronounced dead at 10.50am.

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The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and was today launching an investigation.

Watsons was started as a family-run business 29 years ago. The company's products include fire-rated glass for building interiors, architectural glass, high security glass as well as interior design.

Bosses called in administrators last year and made more than half of its 70-strong workforce redundant.

In August 2009 a 21-year-old Watsons worker broke his leg in his two places after a ton of glass fell on him.

Watsons was unavailable for comment this afternoon.

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