LIBERIA: On LAC Explosion Former Lawmaker Wants Speedy Medica Care For Victims

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

Speaking Friday in Monrovia, Sen. Findley extended condolences to the families of those who lost their lives as a result of injury 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; leaving 17 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 lost 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.

Sen. Findley asserted that as a matter of urgency and 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 advance 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".  

He implored the victims' families, the LAC Workers' Union, the Ministry of Labour 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, Sen. Findley has called on concessions and the government to work along in putting in place the necessary safety measures to prevent the reoccurrence of such accidents and to assure safety for all employees across the country.

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