Public donations have been rolling in since the tragedy at the Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant, with the Birmingham Mail and the city’s Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal has so far gathered more than £20,500, with a further £2,400 in Gift Aid on top.
The money collected is to go towards costs of funerals, travel and on-going need.
A joint West Midlands Police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is under way but is expected to take months to piece together what happened.
The victims have been named locally as Saibo Sillah, 42, Ousman Jabbie, Mohammed Jangana, Alimano Jammeh and Bangaly Dukureh, 50, and were all married with children. All of the men were Spanish nationals but originally from Gambia.
The plant collects and recycles waste stream’s in full compliance with pre-treatment legislation, including metal (non-ferrous, ferrous and precious), cardboard/paper, and plastic wastes.
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