Re: Thermal Plant staff boycott work
We refer to your article of Thursday 9th March 2017, captioned, “Thermal plant staff boycott work” by John Bediako, and wish to provide the following statement clarifying the facts around the matter. Firstly, we do confirm with great sadness, that two workers of Group Five and Coleman (a sub-contractor) passed away respectively in the early hours and evening of Tuesday 7th March 2017.
Both workers were at work on Saturday 3rd March. They departed to their respective homes after work for the long weekend holiday, but did not return to work on Tuesday due to illness and subsequent death. The welfare of our workers and sub-contractors is a key priority for Group Five. The unexpected death of any worker will always be tragic to us.
These deaths were not the result of work-related accidents or occupational-related diseases.
We hold regular safety health and wellness awareness sessions for all our workers, and will continue to deliver training programmes and ensure that our site employees are equipped with the necessary information to assist them to live healthy lifestyles.
In addition, we offer free annual health checks to our workers, and will continue encourage them to take advantage of this and other available services.
We are mindful of the traditions and beliefs of the community. As sign of respect to the deceased and their families, Group Five management, in consultation with the leaders of the workers, decided to close the site on Wednesday 8th March to allow workers to take the time to pay their respect to their colleagues.
The site reopened on Thursday 9th March, and has been operating normally since reopening.
We have made contact with the families of the two deceased employees to offer our support.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with these families.
Issued on behalf of group Five