Nigeria: The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, has compelled Inner Steel Company Limited, to immediately and forthwith, take steps to improve the living conditions of on-site employees including immediately purchasing foams/mattresses for their bunk beds, and cooling fans.
The company is located at Obehie, Ukwa-West Local Government Area, Abia State.
Babatunde Irukera, the Chief Executive Officer of FCCPC, also mandated the management of the company to modify required working hours from 11 to 8 hours daily effective immediately.
The Commission also tasks the steel firm to immediately discontinue mandatory quarantine on-site for employees who desire to depart the facility as well as improved on-site medical access and responsiveness.
He noted that on Wednesday August 12, FCCPC became aware of credible reports of unfair treatment of workers at the company, especially, Nigerian employees.
“Workplace injury previously occurred and led to an amputation with respect to an employee. Employees were required to work non-stop shifts of 11 hours with inadequate breaks, and there are possible questions about the company’s compliance with prevailing standards for the steel/iron products it makes,” he said.
With respect to the work-related accident that led to serious injuries (amputation), considering the circumstances are currently subject of litigation, the company was disinclined to make statements.
Regarding the quality of the company’s products, FCCPC has opened an active investigation and is commencing materials testing to determine compliance with prevailing standards.
The company recognizes it is under monitoring and supervision pending the satisfactory resolution of all outstanding or open issues.
The Commission is making a fuller report and transmitting to the more relevant Ministry/Agency for follow up, monitoring and compliance.
The enforcement mechanisms including penalties (where applicable) under relevant laws and processes of the appropriate ministry, department or agency, for violations in these circumstances should take their course.