The Management of Sethi Ferro Fabrik steel manufacturing plant says it is deeply saddened by the recent industrial occident at its facility thot resulted in the death of on employee and injury to six others.
The explosion which occurred in the early morning hours of August 18, 2021, resulted from an unexpected blast in the induction furnace used to melt steel. This unforeseen event took place despite all the safety protocols observed to prevent such occurrence.
The management responded swiftly to the incident and immediately the situation was brought under control. However, the blast had already injured seven staff members – four Liberians and three expatriates. The victims were all immediately rushed to the JFK Medical Center for medical treatment. Unfortunately, one of the expatriates, Achchhe Lol Chouhon, who had worked for the company for about three years, died from his injuries.
Meanwhile, upon the advice of medical practitioners at the JFK Medical Center, Monrovia, three of the six wounded, including two Liberians, Nathaniel Farsue, Theo Toiklon and one expatriate, Hosilo Prosod Rojbhor, were flown to Ghana through chartered Air Ambulance to seek specialized burn treatment of the Korle bu Medical Center. Korle bu is known lo hove one of the top burn centers in the region. One other victim, Horishchqndro Sohni, hos recovered from his wounds and has since been discharged from JFK Medical Center Monrovia. Two other victims, Amos Senmie ond Sumowu Z. Kekele, ore still admitted of the JFK Medical Center and are receiving treatment. They are expected to make full recovery soon. The Management is keeping the families of the victims abreast of their progress and is standing with them in this difficult time.
Management further states thot over the years, its industrial plant safety staff have worked with government regulators to deploy all the requisite safety measures in order to avoid these kinds of events, though no risk mitigation measure is 100% guaranteed, as clearly seen in this unfortunate incident.
The Management reiterates thot detailed investigation is still going on but preliminary reports and eyewitness accounts indicate that the blast resulted when the crane used to grab and load scrap metals from the ground picked up and loaded scrap metal in the induction furnace. Suddenly there was a blast and boiling molten metal come out of the furnace and spread on the furnace area which injured nearby working workers.
The Management of Sethi Ferro Fabrik lnc. reiterated thot the ongoing investigation will be detailed because it is not only intended to find the root cause of this accident, but at the sometime to identify other potential risks and enhance risk mitigation protocols at the factory so thot such unfortunate event do not occurs in future.
The Sethi Ferro Fabrik steel plant is the only steel manufacturing plant currently working in the country. Which was dedicated by H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah President of Republic of Liberia in 20]9. The plant is located in the Monrovia Industrial Pork in the old LPRC facility, in Gardnerville, and employs over 500 persons including Liberians and expatriates. The plant is currently producing approximately 80 MT of steel materials’ including steel rods daily.
The Management stressed thot the company is deeply saddened on death of on employee and by the pain inflicted on the other six workers affected by the accident. The company will remain loser-focused on employing all resources required for the treatment and recovery of the remaining six injured employees.