Lagos State Government has sealed Mingy Trading Company Limited, located at No 11, Ila Orangun Street, Ijegun-Egba, Satellite Town, for violating the State’s safety rules which led to the untimely death of a teenage worker.
The 17 year old, Babatunde Abdulrahmon, died after he was sucked into a mixing machine on the day he resumed work at the factory.
Speaking during the sealing of the company on Thursday, May 27, the Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola affirmed the cimmitment of the State Government to ensure the safety of lives and properties of it’s citizens.
Narrating the event that led to his death, the DG disclosed that the fatality occured due to violation of safety precautionary measures. He said the teenage worker was employed and immediately exposes to mechanical and electrical manufacturing equipment without training and personal protective equipment. In the process of operating the equipment, he lost his life.
“There was also very clear evidence of poor housekeeping , lack of safety signage, poor factory layout for emergency management, very poor recruitment process with no documented training records, poorly Installed electric cables and poor record keeping.
On no account should any company employ an underage person to operate a mixer or grinding machine without proper training ans uae of personal protective equipment”.
He reiterated the importance of having a tested electrical wiring system, appropriate safety signage, good housekeeping and a clean environment devoid of infractions and hazards to lives of workers.
Imploring organisations to value lives above monetary gains and adopt best practices, the Director General maintained that a culture of safety first should be an individual and collective responsibility.
Mojola declared zero tolerance for safety violations ans warned that punitive measures will be taken against organisations doin culpable with an assurance that extent safety Laws will be applied.
He urged member of the public to report incidents and infractions regularly to the Lagos State Safety Commission in the bid to have a safe Lagos doe their citizens.