Expand Global Industries Limited, an Ibadan based detergent manufacturing firm,has reacted to the death of one of it former staff, late Richard Gbadebo, who was involved in a factory accident and passed away immediately.
It was reported that late Gbadebo, 20, a 200- level students from the Department of European studies, German unit, University of Ibadan, reportedly had an accident while operating a machinery, that led to his untimely demise.
Confirming the death in a statement, Human Resources Manager of the company, Aliyu Jubril stated that the company was shocked and saddened by the death.
He said that the organisation was working with relevant authorities to further investigate the death, adding that operations have been suspended till further notice.
The statement reads further, “We deeply regret to announce that a colleague from an external third-party company was fatally injured in an incident that took place at our Ibadan plant on Tuesday, 28 July 2020.
“Our onsite emergency team immediately stopped all operations and promptly informed the relevant authorities of the incident. The local authorities arrived onsite within minutes to carry out the necessary investigations and safely transport the deceased to the morgue where an autopsy could be conducted.
“The company is shocked and saddened by this loss and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased. Representatives of the company met with the family along with representatives from the student council to express our deepest condolences. We will continue to engage with the family and provide the necessary support during this difficult time.
“Expand Global Industries Limited is working closely with the police and ministry of labor to ascertain the circumstances leading up to this tragic incident. Both departments are proceeding with external investigations into this matter and we are conducting our own internal investigation into the safety protocols observed.
“We understand that there may be queries from concerned stakeholders towards this tragic incident. Please be rest assured that further information will be shared once available.
“Production at site remains suspended until further notice. The safety and health of our people is of utmost importance to us. Our company has stringent safety protocols in place to ensure that every employee operates in a safe working environment”.