Safety probe continues after South Shields factory accident

Health and safety experts say they have yet to conclude an investigation into an accident at a major South Tyneside food firm '“ almost six months after it occurred.

Dicksons factory, Middlefields Industrial Estate
Dicksons factory, Middlefields Industrial Estate

The Health and Safety executive have confirmed their probe into the inujuries sustained by a worker at the MI Dicksons headquarters in South Shields.

The bakery business operates around 30 North East outlets and employs 300 people

Experts at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were called in after an employee was hurt at the firm’s production facility at Tyne Dock, South Shields, on December 12.

The safety investigators say the investigation remains ongoing and could give no timescale for it to end.


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Three ambulance teams, including two advanced paramedics from a specialist rapid response unit, attended what was described as a “chemical incident”.

The employee was treated on-site, before being taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The nature of the worker’s injuries has not been revealed.

No-one was available fo comment frim the firm.


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At the time, MI Dicksons bosses said the staff member was hurt doing routine equipment cleaning at the site in Heddon Way, Middlefields Industrial Estate.

The HSE said its investigation had yet to be concluded but released no other information.

A spokeswoman said: “The investigation is ongoing and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

The North East Ambulance Service, which described the alert as a “chemical incident”, despatched three units.