LASG shuts Chinese company over worker’s death

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The premises of a Chinese company based in Lagos has been shut by the Lagos State Government over safety violations after a Nigerian casual worker died from injuries sustained at the company.

The company, Hongxing Steel Company Limited, is a steel-making company based in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

According to Mr. Fouad Oki, the Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, the company failed to adhere to the state’s safety rules.

He made the statement after an inspection tour of the company’s facilities, describing safety conditions on the premises as “deplorable”.

The casual worker, Mr. Emeka Umoh died in hospital after suffering severe burns when liquefied iron spilled on him on September 23.

The company was said to have taken care of the victim’s hospital bills, but the Lagos State Government issued the order restraining the company from operating because the state believed that the accident could have been prevented.

In his response, the company’s Public Relations Manager, Mr. Uche Eke said the closure would compel the company to improve its safety procedures to prevent future hazards.

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