Rotherham recycle boss 'deeply saddened' by blast death

A CCTV camera captured the moment of the explosion at Sterecycle waste plant in Rotherham on Tuesday

The chief executive of a recycling company in Rotherham where a worker was killed in an explosion has said he is "deeply saddened" by the death.

Michael Whinfrey, 42, a father of three from Wickersley in Rotherham, was fatally injured at the Sterecycle waste plant on Sheffield Road on Tuesday.

Another worker, Peter Davis, 51, was seriously injured in the explosion.

Sterecycle chief executive Tom Shields said Mr Whinfrey was "an excellent member of staff and a fine man" .

Michael Whinfrey Michael Whinfrey was a "much-valued" colleague, his boss said

He said: "He was one of our longest-serving employees, a much-valued colleague.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

Mr Davis, from Barnsley, remains in hospital with "potentially life-changing injuries" to his head and body.

Mr Shields said his thoughts were also with Mr Davis's friends and family.

The Sterecycle plant will remain closed until police and health and safety investigations are completed.

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