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JCB plant stops after welder dies

POLICE and the Health and Safety Executive have launched a joint investigation into the death of a welder last week at digger giant JCB's heavy equipment factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

Darren Ellis, 33, from Stokeon-Trent, suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

It is understood he was welding a tank at the factory when he was hit on the head by a door.

Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to the scene shortly before 5 am last Wednesday. Production was suspended and staff were sent home. The HSE drafted in a mechanical engineering specialist to help with the investigation.

Detective inspector Neil Hulme said: 'We are interviewing employees at JCB who may have witnessed this incident to try to build up a picture of the circumstances surrounding Mr Ellis's death.'' A report into the incident will be prepared for the coroner.