Anger As Factory Machine Crushes Worker

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Tension enveloped the premises of a furniture company, Alibert Products Nigeria Limited, Egbe, Lagos on Wednesday as hundreds of their workers protested the death of their colleague who was crushed by a factory machine.

P.M.NEWS investigation revealed that the victim, 20-year old Michael Aghanemu, had been operating the machine for about a year since he was employed.

The late Aghanemu’s colleagues told our correspondent that the machine operator made a ‘mistake’ and the machine trapped his hand and before help could come, he bled to death.

At the nearby hospital where he was rushed to, doctors merely certified him dead, as they were helpless.

His corpse was then deposited at Isolo General Hospital for autopsy.

Immediately other workers learnt of Aghanemu’s death, they became angry and protested the management of Alibert was forced to shut down the company.

Workers blamed the management for negligence. They claimed that the company’s machine has killed at least 26 operators in the last two or three years because the company paid little or no attention to security or protection of human lives.

The management called in policemen from nearby Ikotun Police Divisional Headquarters to forestall breakdown of law and order.

In a statement to debunk the workers’ claim, the company’s spokesperson, Mrs. Abimbola Okuneye said the late Aghanemu had been operating the machine for about a year since he was employed.

Mrs. Okuneye said the deceased was promptly rushed to a hospital after the accident but he was pronounced dead on arrival, adding that the company is carrying out a full scale investigation into the accident and the loss.

She claimed that the company had not witnessed such an incident in its 38 years of operation.

The company pledged its full support to Aghanemu’s family and also prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Michael’s father, Festus Aghanemu has accused the company of negligence over the death of his son.

And to cover up, Mr. Aghanemu claimed he and other members of the family were not allowed to see the corpse of his son before the body was deposited in the mortuary.

He regretted that his late son was expecting a good result from his UTME/JAMB result and was hopeful of admission into the university before the tragic incident.

Aghanemu described his late son as a hard working young man who was determined to make it in life, adding, “he secured the job to prepare himself for higher education, so that he save some money before his admission into the university.”

—Cyriacus Izuekwe