Samuel Ogunkoya a 26 year old man has been killed by a machine that smashed his head in his work place in Ogun state.
Ogunkoya, until his death worked at of Wempco Steel Mill Company, Magboro. It was said that after one of the pipes affixed to the company’s ‘actrus pumping machine’ came down on his head when he went to pick the charger of the remote control of the vehicle.
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According to Punch, the workers had earlier complained that the vehicle housing the machine used to mold brick had developed fault but they were told to manage it.
The victim who hailed from Ijebu Ode was rushed to a hospital in the community after the incidence but was referred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja where he was confirmed dead.
Some of the deceased’s colleagues blamed his death on the company’s bad management saying that three other persons had died due to the company’s negligence.
One of the workers said: “For almost a month now, the vehicle was releasing hydraulic oil. One of us complained to the management, but they said there was no time; they said we should manage it like that. We complained that the vehicle was not working well, but they said, ‘go and manage it or leave the job.’
“It was taken to a mechanic last Friday and was brought back on Monday. It was not tested before the production commenced. The machine has five pipes used for molding concrete. A worker and the mechanic were operating the vehicle. Four pipes had come. The fifth one was coming out when it suddenly fell and smashed his head as he bent down to pick the charger. ”
Another worker said: “I have been working in this company for over five years. There is no welfare for the workers. Ogunkoya is the fourth worker we have lost to the company’s negligence this year after Jimoh, Samuel and Ibrahim. It was a forklift machine that smashed Jimoh’s body. He was passing by; unknown to him, a machine was being operated from the inside. The forklift pinned him to the floor. He died on the way to the hospital.
“There should be a hospital inside the company, where casualties can be rushed to, but the management are only interested in using us to make money,”
Mr. Abdulganiyu Abdulazeez, a manager in the company said the matter was being exaggerated and blamed the workers for not being safety conscious.
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“There is no much response that I can give now. When anything happens, people exaggerate the information. That is what they (workers) are trying to do. As a citizen, I am there to protect the interest of Nigerian.
“When we see, I will tell you the true picture of things. In every organisation, accidents are bound to happen. Some of these workers don’t use their safety devices"
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