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General News of Saturday, 1 August 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Company where UI student got crushed to death speaks

Expand Global Industries Ltd has issued a statement concerning the death of a student of the University of Ibadan, UI, Gbadebo Richard.

Gbadebo was crushed to death inside the factory of the soap making company in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Aliyu Jibril, the company's human resource manager, expressed regret at the death of the worker.

In a statement issued, he said that production was immediately stopped when Gbadebo was discovered dead.

“We deeply regret to announce that a colleague from an external third-party company was involved in an incident that took place at our Ibadan plant on Tuesday, 28 July 2020,” the statement read.

“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 whose representatives met with the family of the deceased said that it “will continue to engage with the family and provide the necessary support during this difficult time.”

The company also revealed that it is cooperating with relevant authorities in investigating the cause of the boy's death.

“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,” it read.

“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.”

The statement added that production at the company has been suspended until further notice.

“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.”

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