Woman loses hand in factory accident

18 August 2020 | Fishing

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


A factory worker of Tunacor Fisheries lost her hand in what is described as an unfortunate incident recently.

The chief executive of Tunacor, Peya Hitula, confirmed the incident saying that the woman lost her hand when equipment was being serviced on Friday, 7 August.

“It is truly an unfortunate incident. While the machine was being serviced, she switched it on and placed her hand where she should not have. We have registered nurses on site that stabilised her, while we waited for the ambulance. She is currently at the Welwitschia Private Hospital and is receiving treatment at the expense of Tunacor.”

Hitula said that the worker has been employed at the company for a number of years and has been trained extensively in the operations of the machinery.

“We have footage that we unfortunately cannot make public that shows what happened.”

Hitula debunked rumours stating that the fisheries giant intimidates workers when it comes to injuries on duty. This follows after allegations were made that Tunacor threatens workers with being fired if they talk about injuries at the workplace.

“We are under an obligation to report any accident on our premises to the ministry of labour, which we did. All authorities have been notified. When an accident happens, it is our obligation to safeguard life - in this case the wellbeing of the individual involved in the accident. We are a serious organisation and we have to be responsible. This is the first time in a long time that an incident of this nature occurred.”

He explained that the injured worker is still employed at the fishing company and that her salary will be covered by the social security commission.

“We cannot hide incidents such as these, or simply sweep it under the rug. It is an offence punishable by law. Accidents happen and we have procedures in place should an accident occur.”
The Tunacor Group employs more than 2400 workers.

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