In response to the very sad news that 5 people have been killed in an industrial accident at Hawkeswood Metal in Nechells Shabana Mahmood MP said:
"This is devastating news for the families of those killed and my thoughts and prayers go out to them. The bodies of the victims must be recovered as quickly as possible but then there will be some serious questions to answer about what led to the deaths of these workers. I understand that the Health and Safety Executive is on the scene and I hope they are able to complete their work as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Nothing will bring their loved ones back but the families of those who have been killed will want answers, they will want to understand what has happened here. I am extremely shocked that five lives have been cut short so abruptly like this."