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Soap Factory Accident: Firm To Compensate Family Of Late UI Student


Soap Factory Accident: Firm To Compensate Family Of Late UI Student

21-year-old student of the University of Ibadan, Gbadebo Richard
Expanded Global Industries Limited, Ibadan, Oyo state
has announced plans to compensate the family of the late Gbadebo Richard, a 300-level student of the University of Ibadan who died in a factory accident on Tuesday.

Expanded Global Industries Limited is a sister company to Henkel Global where the deceased was working until he accidentally got crushed by a soap making machine during production.

Read Also: UI Student Crushed To Death By Machine At Soap-Making Factory

The company in a statement signed by its Human Resources Manager, Aliyu Jubril on Saturday described the death of the late factory worker as sad and regrettable, Punch reports.

The company said it would continue to engage with the family, stressing;

This is an accident that is highly regretted and the company is sad. Although nothing can replace a life, Henkel has an insurance package for all its staff, including the casual workers.

It will be responsible for the burial expenses for the deceased. It is also offering compensation to ameliorate the loss of Richard. While the compensation cannot replace human life, it will help to ameliorate the suffering of the family.

It appealed to the Ministry of Labour in Oyo State to reconsider its decision to shut down the factory, noting that sealing it up would trigger a round of hunger for members of staff of the company.

The company also urged the police to expedite action on its investigation into the incident as a prolonged closure of the factory could have an adverse effect on the company and the survival of its staff.

It added;

We understand that there may be queries from concerned stakeholders on the tragic incident. Please be rest assured that further information will be shared once available.

The deceased, who was a machine operator at the factory, was on the night shift when he slipped into the machine that crushed him to death.

The other workers were not aware until they saw blood coming out through the other side of the equipment.

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