Coca-Cola Plant shut over death of worker

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Jethro Ibileke/Benin

A Coca-Cola truck
A Coca-Cola truck

Bottling operations at the Benin Coca-Cola plant of the Nigerian Bottling Company was abruptly halted on Friday by casual workers following the death of one of their colleagues whose name was given as Jerry Ayo.

The angry workers completely shut the plant located at Eyean in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, while protesting the death of their colleague. They also barricaded the company’s gate and set-up bonfires.

Joined by relatives of the deceased, the protesters alleged that 21-year old Jerry died of electrocution while at work.

The protesters who prevented other workers from gaining access into the building, vowed to sustain the protest until the company issues a statement on what led to Jerry’s death, because, according to them, they had complained severally about electric leakages at the plant but that the management simply told them to go if they were tired of working.

Jerry was reportedly employed as casual worker at the Coca-Cola plant on the 20 April, 2015.

Uncle of the deceased who gave his name as Michael, said Jerry left home healthy but was brought back dead.

“His friends told us the production factory has leakages of electricity. They took the boy to their clinic without the consent of the family,” he said.

One of the casual workers who gave his name as Goodluck Osawe, said the deceased did not know that there were electric leakages in the plant, adding that “he was in coma and they did not tell us.”

Head of Public Affairs and Communications of the company, Uzo Odenigbo, who confirmed the death of Jerry in a statement, said the deceased died on the way to the hospital after a seizure while at work.

He convoyed the company’s sympathy to the family and said investigation as to the cause of the incident has commenced.


9 comments

  1. Ray Rogers

    Coca-Cola worldwide has a terrible safety record. Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Company’s CEO,tried unsuccessfully to stop me when I began to expose Coca-Cola’s history of work-related deaths during the company’s April 29, 2015 Annual Meeting of Share Owners.

    I began by highlighting a 1989 accident when a Coca-Cola truck with failed brakes struck a school bus in the United States killing 21 children and injuring 49; in 2007 a Coca-Cola truck killed 10 children and injured 9 others crossing a road in Tanzania. In 2007 Coca-Cola began reporting on work-related fatalities in company-owned operations only:(5 deaths in 2007), (6 deaths in 2008), (7 deaths in 2009), (16 deaths in 2010), (15 deaths in 2011), (15 deaths in 2012), (7 deaths in 2013).

    Let us not forget: in 2008 three workers died and several others were injured in an explosion and fire at a Coca-Cola Nigerian Bottling Company(NBC) plant; in 2010 a Plateau United Club Football player was crushed to death by an NBC truck and in 2013 a bus driver and three students were seriously injured when an NBC Coca-Cola truck crushed a school bus in Lagos. Campaign to Stop Killer Coke

  2. Ray Rogers

    Coca-Cola and its operations worldwide have terrible safety records. At Coca-Cola’s Annual Meeting of Share Owners on April 29, 2015 Coke’s CEO Muhtar Kent unsuccessfully tried to shut me up when I began to expose Coca-Cola’s work-related deaths. I highlighted 1989 when a Coca-Cola truck, with failed brakes, struck a school bus in the United States killing 21 children and injuring 49: in 2007 a Coca-Cola truck struck a school bus in Tanzania killing 10 children and injuring 9; in 2007 Coca-Cola began to report fatalities in company owned operations only: (5 deaths in 2007), (6 deaths in 2008), (7 deaths in 2009), (16 deaths in 2010), (15 deaths in 2011), (15 deaths in 2012), (7 deaths in 2013). When more facts of work-related deaths and serious injuries throughout The Coca-Cola System are uncovered, the scandal of Coca-Cola’s lack of real safety standards and controls will only grow. See Campaign to Stop Killer Coke website KillerCoke.org

  3. DeeGovernor

    An eye witness is needed to report this case to Institute of Safety Professional established by Nigeria constitution( safety act 2014) and due process will be followed.

  4. Oduagu Umozurike

    Since the causal workers complained and the management team ignored them, they In turn must be punish and face consequences of the law. In fact justice must prevail.

  5. success

    its high time nigerians should liberate themshelves from this slavery bcos our leaders are just there to enrich themselves. no functional govenment agency corruption allover, when shall we liberate ourshelves . we need to wake up. adultrated , contaminated, expired, raw materials can only be used in our country, workers and consumers safety neglected. but am very sure a day is coming very soon things will work accodingly
    when we all rise up to d situation bcos of generations to come. americans, europe they rejected it thats why nobody can try it there today, let not fold our arms in pretence as if all is well enough of this mess.

  6. JOSEPH OGWUDA

    Most mega companies will never invest in safety mechanism for their employees.But anytime the victim family sued the company for actionable negligence,the company will hire more than a dozen Sans to intimidate the judges.The case will be thrown out.God will judge you ALL.

  7. T.O.

    Moses what cost you to visit NBC Benin Plant and investigate it by yourself instead of opening your basket mouth like BH?
    People have been working on the same channel before the guy joined the company, this year April and nothing happen.
    Jerry RIP

    1. Mr Frank

      Dear O.T you must be one of those very foolish nd wicked Nigerians to must have commented in such a foolish manner.if the death had happened to your brother,only then will you know what it means to loose a soul.No managerial position is worth the life of any citizen.shouldnt countries like europe be of a good example to you.you must be an uneducated,nefarious,hardhearthened and foolish yoruba man ..R.I.P to the deceased

  8. Moses Ola Olu Famuyiwa

    WHY THESE COMPANIES ARE TREATING NIGERIANS LIKE SLAVES? WHAT THESE COMPANIES CANNOT DO IN EUROPE AND AMERICA, IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING HERE. IT IS NOT THE FAULT OF THEM. BUT THE FAULT OF THOSE USELESS NIGERIANS IN THEIR MANAGEMENT THAT CHOOSE TO COLLABORATE WITH THEM TO TURN THEIR FELLOW NIGERIANS INTO ANOTHER SLAVE-TRADE BECAUSE OF THEIR POSITION. THEY SHOULD PROBE THEIR SAFETY PROCESS IN THAT COMPANY.

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