Civil engineers, construction, furniture and wood workers have been advised to always adhere to safety standards in their work places by using all safety equipment provided by their employers.
The Chairman, Ogun State Council of National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers, Mr Midian Nanle, gave this advice at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta on Friday, at the opening of an exhibition of products by Lifemate Nigeria Limited.
The union leader noted that in some cases handled by the union concerning accidents at work places in this sector, it had been discovered that the workers were negligent in observing safety precautions.
He, however, condemned the action of some construction companies who still conveyed their workers to and fro sites in open trucks, while he commended those companies which had complied with minimum standard requirements in this area.
He said, “From the investigation made by the national executive council of the union, it was discovered that some of the workers on construction sites or working with woods among others, were negligent in wearing necessary safety equipment.
“Some fail to wear their safety helmets, nose masks, and boots. And when accidents happen, they would blame their employers instead blaming themselves. In as much as the companies want to make profit, we don’t compromise on the welfare of their workers. “
While talking about the company,Nanle said it had provided employment to many Nigerians, and the furniture produced by it was of high quality.
The Managing Director, Lifemate Nigeria Limited, Mr Dai Derek, said the company brought its furniture to Abeokuta, Ogun State, because it had its factory in the state, and was offering the customers incentives such as rams and bags of rice for Eid-el -Kabir festival for those that would purchase furniture worth N1m and above.
He said the company sourced some of its raw materials locally and imported some of the accessories such as glass, gums, and fabric from China, Japan, Italy, and the United States of America.
He said the company had provided employment to thousands of Nigerians and contributed a great deal to the nation’s economy by prompt payment of its taxes.
The Regional Manager, in charge of exhibition, Mr Ceasar Cond, disclosed that this was the third year the exhibition was being organised in Abeokuta and it offered 55 per cent discount on all the products.
He described the exhibition as a promotional blitz to create awareness for the different categories of furniture the company produced; some for sitting room, kitchen, and bedroom, among others.”