Woman crushed at Swedish paper factory

A 26-year-old woman was crushed to death at a paper mill in Iggesund in northern Sweden on Saturday evening after getting stuck between two rolls of paper.

The woman was moving a roll of paper weighing in at 20 tonnes and was squeezed hard, dying immediately.

According to police reports the woman’s unfortunate demise may have been caused by her pushing the wrong button on the remote control.

A co-worker was a witness to the accident but was unable to prevent it, according to the local Hela Hälsingland daily.

Several other colleagues made attempts to revive the woman while they waited for an ambulance, but to no avail.

When the ambulance arrived, the woman was declared dead.

While the machine was turned off after the accident it was due to be put back into service on Sunday.

“It is important to resume routines to divert the mind,” said spokesperson Staffan Sjöberg at Iggesund Paperboard to the newspaper.

The accident will be investigated by Gävleborg police and the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket).

The woman is reported to have been employed as temporary summer staff at the factory, which is owned and run by Swedish pulp and paper concern Holmen Paper.

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Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.