Worker dies at fish factory

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

The death of the worker at Thistle Seafoods was said to be from natural causes
The death of the worker at Thistle Seafoods was said to be from natural causes

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The death of a worker at Thistle Seafoods is currently under investigation by Police Scotland.

Emergency services were contacted at 14:20 yesterday (October 3) following an incident at the factory in Harbour Street, Boddam in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

A spokesman from Thistle Seafoods told ​that a 60-year-old male had died on the premises due to natural causes.

Despite the best efforts of our experienced first aid team and the emergency services, they were unable to revive him,” ​said the spokesman.

“Any further information as to the exact cause of death will be issued by Police Scotland at the appropriate time.” 

The spokesman said that the death was not the result of an industrial accident.

Aware of the death

A Police Scotland spokesman said the constabulary were made aware of the death of a male in the harbour area at Boddam.

“The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are at an early stage to establish the circumstances,” ​said the spokesman.

“The Health and Safety Executive ​[HSE] have been advised and, as with all deaths, a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

The procurator fiscal is a public prosecutor in Scotland that investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths in Scotland, conducts fatal accident inquiries and handles criminal complaints against the police.

The HSE confirmed that it was working with the police on the investigation.

Working with police

Thistle Seafoods manufactures chilled and value-added seafood products, including battered fish and fish cakes.

The death at Thistle Seafood occurred the same day as an accident which cost the life of a 30-year-old man at a waste disposal plant in the Nigg area of Aberdeen, Scotland, according to Police Scotland.

Emergency services were notified of the incident at EIS Waste Services at about 14:30 yesterday. It is understood that the man died before emergency services could reach him.

Police Scotland said that it was working with the HSE to investigate the death. The man’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

An EIS spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident.

Established in 1974, EIS handles trade waste collections as well as skip hire and recycling. 

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