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Stockline factory worker's widow describes her grief 10 years on

Kenny Murray perished in a gas explosion

THE widow of a worker killed in the Stockline plastics factory explosion 10 years ago has said she still suffers his loss every day.

A memorial will be held on Sunday to the nine people killed and the 33 injured in the blast on May 11 2004 at the factory in Maryhill, north-east Glasgow.

The tragedy was caused by a build-up of leaking gas from corroded underground pipes.

Marie Murray, who lost her husband Kenny, said the families have paid an “immeasurable” price that has gone well beyond the £200,000 that ICL Plastics Ltd and subsidiary ICL Tech Ltd were fined following an inquiry.

Leading the public inquiry into the Stockline blast in 2009, Lord Gill found that it had been an “avoidable disaster,” ruling that employers at the factory had not identified or understood workplace risks.

The memorial will be held at Maryhill Community Central Halls, close to the former factory site, to remember the victims of the disaster.

Mrs Murray said: “Kenny left the house to go to work and never returned. You hear about this happening to other families but that day it happened to ours.

“Because of the tragedy, I lost my husband, my two daughters and son lost their dad and he was robbed of the chance to see them grow up and his two grandchildren born.

“Kenny was a wonderful husband and a great dad, but also a loving son and brother.

“You cannot lose somebody like him without it being felt throughout the extended family and it is a loss we have to suffer every day, even now, 10 years later.

The families have received support from the Scottish TUC and Maryhill MSP Patricia Ferguson, who will attend the memorial on Sunday afternoon along with Gary Gentles from Maryhill Community Central Halls.

STUC general secretary Grahame Smith said: “It is hard to believe that it is 10 years since this tragedy occurred, an event that would forever change the lives of the nine families who lost loved ones and those left impaired by their injuries.”

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