Mill work­ers seek an­swers on their fu­ture

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - KAREN BRIT­TON

AS emer­gency crews con­tinue to work at the scene of the ex­plo­sion at Bosley Mill, em­ploy­ees are now turn­ing their at­ten­tion to their fu­ture.

Around 50 work­ers were em­ployed at Wood Flour Mill when an ex­plo­sion de­stroyed the build­ing and left an un­cer­tain fu­ture for them and their fam­i­lies.

Now the em­ploy­ees have turned to Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley in an ef­fort to get an­swers over their fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

The work­ers have been paid but com­plain they have had lit­tle in­for­ma­tion from Wood Treat­ment Ltd, which runs the mill as part of Bo­dens group.

Mr Rut­ley, who has met with a num­ber of mill em­ploy­ees in the wake of the dis­as­ter, said: “It’s im­por­tant the own­ers give an­swers to ques­tions raised by em­ploy­ees about what this mean for their jobs.

“I have met with the own­ers to dis­cuss con­cerns and ques­tions raised by em­ploy­ees and asked that the com­pany makes ev­ery ef­fort to pro­vide fur­ther clar­ity around these ques­tions.

“Ques­tions around have they got a job and other ques­tions around their em­ploy­ment.”

Mr Rut­ley added that he will con­tinue to hold dis­cus­sions with the firm.

Work­ers Dorothy Bai­ley, 62, Wil­liam Barks, 51, Jason Shin­gler, 38, and Derek Moore, 62, went miss­ing when the mill ex­ploded.

Three bod­ies found are thought to be that of Dorothy Bai­ley, Wil­liam Barks and Derek Moore.

Fur­ther re­mains were found a week ago and res­cue teams are con­tin­u­ing to search the dev­as­tated site.

The mill pro­duced wood flour which is used as a filler in linoleum, wood plas­tic composites and ad­he­sives among other uses.

Po­lice have con­firmed that the ex­plo­sion is a po­ten­tial homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are work­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive.

Cheshire East coun­cil have also con­firmed that of­fi­cers vis­ited the mill two weeks be­fore the in­ci­dent and or­dered the site to be cleared up, which was com­plied with.

The Ex­press had not re­ceived a com­ment from Wood Treat­ment Ltd at the time of go­ing to press.

Bosley Parish Coun­cil is­sued a state­ment this week which said: “Mes­sages of sym­pa­thy and of­fers of help have poured in as a re­lent­less stream of love and good­will.

“We can­not de­scribe the pro­found thanks we feel to ev­ery­one who has been so sup­port­ive.

“We used to be de­scribed as a small ‘blink and you miss us’ vil­lage be­tween Leek, Bux­ton, Con­gle­ton and Mac­cles­field. We are no longer a cross­roads on two A roads sadly.

“We wish we were.”

●● Aerial shot from Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice of the ex­plo­sion at Bosley Wood Flour Mill, inset, Coun­cil Leader Michael Jones at the scene with MP David Rut­ley

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