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Man dead in factory accident named

A man killed in an apparent industrial accident has been named by police.

Merseyside Police confirmed that sub-contractor James Dennis Kay died following an incident at the Sonae site in Moss Lane, Kirkby, on Saturday.

Mr Kay, known as Dennis to his family, friends and colleagues, was 62-years-old and from the Heywood area of Greater Manchester.

Police said a post-mortem examination has proved inconclusive as to a cause of death.

The pathologist has decided to withhold his findings so far until the results from further tests are known, police said.

A joint investigation by Merseyside Police and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing.

The death follows an incident last December when two workers died after they fell into a machine at the factory.

In June, George Howarth, Labour MP for Knowsley, called for the site to be permanently closed down.

In a statement on his website on Saturday, Mr Howarth said: "My first thoughts are with the family of the man who died at the plant. I'm deeply saddened by this latest tragic incident."

Sonae Industria manufactures chipboard and particle board for use in the furniture and construction industries.

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