By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Lagos State Government has sealed the plastic factory where a 35-year-old machine operator’s head was chopped off.
The operator, identified as Femi Olatunde, was said to be operating machine at Multipak Nigeria Limited, sited on Plot F8, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos, when his dead got stuck in it.
It was gathered that efforts to rescue the deceased proved abortive as he was later confirmed death few minutes after.
Confirming the shutdown, Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, declared zero tolerance on factories and private organizations that violate health and safety rules and regulations.
He stated that the factory has violated the safety rules and regulations, noting that the firm completely failed to establish safety management system.
Mojola stressed that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was passionate about the safety of lives and property of its citizenry.
According to him, on no account should any factory operate without putting in place safe systems of work processes, good house keeping, safety signage, fire fighting and suppression equipment, good electrical wiring systems and a clean environment devoid of hazards to the lives of workers and visitors.
He further stated that investigation is ongoing with regards to safety infractions at another steel factory in Odonguyan, Ikorodu. If they are found wanting after the investigation, they will be prosecuted fully in line with the laws of Lagos State.
He urged organizations and individuals to embrace international best practice in safety operations to prevent fatal incidences that endanger lives adding that safety of lives and property is our collective responsibility.
The director general, however, warned that factories and organisations that violate safety rules will be severely sanctioned.