Accident at Holmen's pulp and paperboard mill in Iggesund, Sweden, kills worker; police believe she might have inadvertently pushed the wrong remote control bottom, resulting in her being crushed by two 20-tonne paper rolls

LOS ANGELES , July 30, 2012 () –

A 26-year-old woman working at Holmen AG’s pulp and paperboard mill in Iggesund, Sweden, has been accidentally killed while on the job, police said, reported United Press International (UPI) on July 30.

The woman, who was a temporary worker at the mill, was crushed when she got caught between two 20-tonne rolls of paper, reported the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT) over the weekend.

The paper machine involved was scheduled to be back online on Sunday. The incident is being investigated by the Gavleborg police and the Swedish Work Environment Authority, UPI reported.

Police believe that the woman might have inadvertently pushed the wrong bottom on the device that remotely controls the paper rolls, causing one of the rolls to move in the wrong direction.

Coworkers tried unsuccessfully to revive the woman, who was declared dead at the scene by emergency workers, reported UPI.

The Iggesund mill has an annual capacity to produce 330,000 tonnes/year of solid bleached board, plastic-coated paperboard and sulfate pulp, and it employs 906 people, according to Holmen’s website.

The primary source of this article is United Press International (UPI), Washington, D.C., on July 30, 2012.


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