Mill workers seek answers on their future
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