Lagos Shuts Chinese Steel Company Over Safety Violations

Hongxing Steel Company Limited

Lagos State Government has shut Hongxing Steel Company Limited, a Chinese company based in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government for safety violations.

The state government issued the stop-work order following the death of a casual worker, Mr. Emeka Umoh who sustained severe burns after liquefied iron spilled on him on September 23, 2015.

According to Vanguard, the worker died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, where he was rushed to for treatment by the management.

Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Mr. Fouad Oki, in a statement after visiting the company, said that the company failed to adhere to the state safety standards.

He lamented the working condition in the company, saying it was deplorable.

Oki said that a safety audit of the company that was earlier conducted by the LSSC team showed that very little safety measure was put in place by the management.

“We have no option than to give the closure directive because the working condition in the company is harsh and totally unacceptable. It was unacceptable to Lagos as a work-place.”


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