Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Worker Goes Blind, Demands N110m from NBC

A former employee of the Nigerian Bottling Company, Emmanuel Onuche has dragged the company before the National Industrial Court in Lagos, seeking N110m compensation for allegedly becoming blind in the course of duty.

Onuche claims he was involved in an industrial accident on May 31, 2013, at the NBC plant in Ikeja, Lagos State, during which he sustained caustic soda burns, rendering him completely blind in both eye; allegedly due to the non-provision of safety wears by the company for its employees.

Onuche also claims he was working in the Quality Assurance Department of the NBC as a contract staff member when the accident occurred.

He alleged that since May 31, 2013, when the incident happened at the NBC plant in Ikeja, the company had failed to pay him any compensation and ignored the letter he wrote through a lawyer, Ali Abba, demanding his financial compensation so he could go for an eye surgery before he became completely blind.

He further alleged that he was sacked, while his N20,000 monthly salary was stopped because he demanded to be given financial compensation.

Onuche is seeking a court order to compel the company to immediately pay the him the sum of N100m as insurance claims and compensation for the industrial accident in which he sustained caustic soda burns in both eyes rendering him blind as a result of poor safety procedures during his normal schedule as a contract staff member in the Quality Assurance Department.

He is also seeking “special damages in the sum of N10m on the grounds of trauma and pains of disabilities due to caustic soda burns in both eyes rendering him blind as a result of poor factory safety procedures.”

The defendants are yet to file any reply to the claimant’s suit.

Source- Punch

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