Worker dies following 'machinery accident' at Tata steelworks in Port Talbot

A man has died following an incident at Tata steelworks in Port Talbot.

Tata Steel confirmed the man was a contractor and died following the incident at the steelworks. It said a full investigation has been launched.

ITV News understands the worker died following a machinery accident at the plant.

South Wales Police confirmed that officers attended on the scene just after 2pm in what it described as an ''isolated incident.''

A police van was seen leaving the site on Wednesday afternoon

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed it was at the scene following "reports of a person needing urgent medical attention".

Following the news of the death, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock described it as "terrible and tragic news".

In April, two people received minor injuries after a train carrying molten metal on the site caused a series of explosions.

The plant, produces nearly five million tonnes of steel slab every year and is one of the largest steelworks in Europe employing around 4,000 people.

One of Port Talbot’s two blast furnaces was rebuilt in 2013 as part of a £250 million investment.

The steelworks in Port Talbot employs 4,000 workers Credit: PA Images

The site was threatened with closure in 2016 after being put up for sale.

It was later handed a reprieve when it was agreed to close the pension fund with the unions until 2022.

Earlier this month Tata announced the proposed closure of Orb steel works – a major employer in Newport since 1898 – with the potential loss of 380 jobs.

A train goes into blast furnace four at Port Talbot steelworks Credit: PA Images

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSE is aware of the incident and is attending the scene to assist South Wales Police with their enquiries.”

Tata Steel said a full investigation has been launched.