Outrage As Worker Suffers Argonising Death At A Steel Factory in Thika 

Gone in a flash- the late Otieno whose body was reduced into liquid at the Thika Steel Mills

A brother of the deceased, John Agwambo, told reporters it is suspected that a metal bar he was pushing into the boiler stuck on one of his gloves and pulled him into the boiler. “His body was reduced to liquid, not even a single piece of him could be traced in the melted steel

By The Weekly Vision Online

There was public outrage from workers and residents in Thika town following the untimely death of a worker at a steel milling plant.

Angry workers accused the Asian managers of the Steel Mill plant of racism and not giving workers protective gear to shield them against extremely red hot boilers that are left open.

The workers’ protest came in the wake of Caleb Otieno boiling to death in a horrible tragedy after he slipped and fell into a boiler. The workers say he could have survived if factory owners had enforced safety at work proposals. Otieno, a second born in the family, had worked at the firm’s boiler section for the last seven years. His tragic end left co-workers and members of his family shocked and inconsolable.

Another family member, Michael Orao, wondered whether the factory had put in place proper measures to ensure the safety of its workers, saying the boiler which claimed their kin had no safety features

A brother of the deceased, John Agwambo, told reporters it is suspected that a metal bar he was pushing into the boiler stuck on one of his gloves and pulled him into the boiler. “His body was reduced to liquid, not even a single piece of him could be traced in the melted steel. It pains us more because we will not even hold his burial since there’s nothing left of us to inter,” Agwambo said.

He said that the matter was being investigated by the police but raised concerns about the delay by the firm’s management to address them. “We feel they are hiding something. They are just taking us in circles. We pray that the government intervenes so that we can get justice for our brother,” Agwambo said.

Another family member, Michael Orao, wondered whether the factory had put in place proper measures to ensure the safety of its workers, saying the boiler which claimed their kin had no safety features. “The boiler where he was working was uncovered, meaning that if one missed a step he could easily fall into the steel melting machine. We hope that the government can crack down on these factories, which do not comply with safety measures for workers, to avert more deaths,” Orao said.

The relatives called for speedy investigations for them to get justice for their departed kin, steel usually melts at between 1,375 and 1,530 degrees.

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