Bedford man dies in horrific incident at his workplace

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A Bedford man has died in a mystery incident at the recycling factory where he worked.

Tragic Rafal Swiadek was seen climbing into a massive waste separating machine at the premises in Milton Keynes on Monday.

The alarm was raised shortly afterwards when the 42-year-old bachelor, who lived in Victoria Road, failed for show up when his taxi arrived to take him home after his shift

A “welfare search” of the Materials Recycling Facility was carried out and Rafal’s body was discovered in the machine, an inquest heard today.

Emergency services were called and he was confirmed dead at 5.42pm.

Police and health and safety officials attended immediately to examine CCTV footage and investigate the circumstances of the death.

The inquest was told: “The deceased worked as a mechanical machine cleaner. He was seen in CCTV climbing into a ballistic separator machine, possibly to clean the machine.”

The inquest was adjourned for investigations to be completed.

Meanwhile workers at the centre, which is run by Viridor on behalf of Milton Keynes Council, have been offered counselling to deal with the trauma of losing their colleague.

Rafal was one of a number of Polish people from Bedford employed

at the factory. It is understood two members of his family worked there.

Stuart Wood, Viridor’s Regional Manager told the Citizen: “The death of Rafal has had a real impact across the whole site team. Rafal had been a recycling operative with Viridor for over seven years. His loss will be felt deeply by us all and all of our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

MRF deals with 100,000 tonnes of waste products from recycling bins and sacks every year. The ballistic machine separates the plastics, paper and other materials before they are crushed into bales and sent off to be re-used.