Concern Mounts Over Explosion At LAC

By Morrison O.G. Sayon

There have been mounting concerns over the recent explosion at the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa County.

Since the incident in Districts#3/4, many have expressed concern over the incident with some calling for the speedy probe into circumstances leading to the unfortunate situation in which about at least five persons sustained injuries.

Many lawmakers of Grand Bassa County including the county’s former Senator, Gbehnzohngar Findley, have expressed concerns over news of the horrific explosion involving loss of lives at the Liberia Agriculture Company in Electoral District # 4 & 5, Grand Bassa County.

The lawmakers and former Pro-tempore Findley have at the same time called for speedy medical care for citizens severely affected by the explosion.

A Liberian journalist, Alexander Beadeah, has also joined others in calling for speedy probe into the situation and proper care for the victims.

Recently, a boiling water tank in the rubber processing factory exploded while employees were on duty and 17 employees got burnt.

Yesterday, Sen. NyonbleeKarnga-Lawrence, Sen. Johnathan Kaipay and Rep. Byron Browne were in the plantation to investigate the accident and to make sure the victims are given proper attention.

The lawmakers also met with family members of the victims and assured them that the victims will get proper attention for recovery while a meeting was scheduled with the families to discuss the company’s policy relating to the injuries on the job.

Meanwhile, the Pro-tempore Emeritus of the Liberian Senate has expressed concerns over news of a horrific incident involving loss of lives at the Liberia Agriculture Company in Electoral District # 4& 5, Grand Bassa County and called for speedy medical care for the affected citizens from the explosion.

Speaking on Friday in Monrovia, Findley extended condolences to the families of those who lost their lives as a result of injuries sustained from the chemical explosion in the LAC factory sometime this week. “I am deeply troubled about this development in my county, but our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones,” he said.

It can be recalled that an explosion occurred at the factory of the Liberian Agriculture Company (LAC) where chemical substances are used for the processing of rubber on the plantation; leaving17 workers seriously injured and 3 dead after a short stay at the companies’ health facility in Grand Bassa County.

“I extend sympathy to the families for the loss of their relatives and like to as well express solidarity for those who are still under critical condition from injuries sustained from the explosion. These are citizens who as a means to provide for their families , have gone to work, but encountered this untimely and very unfortunate situation,” Sen. Findley said in a statement.

Mr. Findley asserted that as a matter of urgency it is imperative that the company (LAC) goes a step further beyond what is currently obtaining with respect to getting the proper medical care for the remaining victims of the explosion even if it means they have to be referred to an advanced medical center where their survival can be assured. “My heart bleeds upon hearing this news and I am disturbed. We should provide leadership to give hope to those people and their families during these grave hours of need,” Findley lamented. He implored the victims’ families, the LAC Workers’ Union, the Ministry of Labor and the Management to cooperate and ensure that the affected employees get the necessary attention ranging from medical to job injury benefits that are required under our laws.

The Pro-tempore Emeritus maintained that by doing so, will address the growing fears about the lack of interest in the wellbeing of those affected employees and assure confidence.

He is optimistic that those affected will get the best medical care and settlement and that the people can once again be sure of care while performing their duties on the job. Meanwhile, Mr. Findley has called on concessions and the government to work along in putting in place the necessary safety measures to prevent the recurrence of such accidents and to ensure safety for all employees across the country.