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Kenya: Nakuru firm ensures employees' safety at work

Employers are required to ensure their staff work in safe and healthy environments.

However, cases of employees being retired due to injuries at work places are increasing as companies struggle to settle the huge compensation bills running into millions of shillings.

These injuries may include broken limbs and even respiratory diseases from inhaling toxic chemicals.

Mr John Muthama's thumb was chopped off while operating a sewing machine at a textile firm in Nakuru town.

Mr Muthama did not understand his legal options including filing workers' compensation claim.

Ms Asumpta Ngina had a miscarriage while working in a local flower farm and was rushed to hospital. However, being a casual labourer, her employer did not cater for her medical expenses.

In another incident, Mr Peter Satia was attacked by bees while ploughing at his employers' expansive farm in Njoro. He lost his sight and was retired prematurely.

These are just some of the cases of work related injuries that expose the vulnerability of workers in the country.

However, to reduce accidents at work stations, Nakuru-based company Universal Work Health and Safety Consultancy Limited has launched a safety training package for workers.

The firm's Managing Director Leshan ole Taruru says accidents at work can be avoided if employers have comprehensive safety, health, environment and sustainability programmes.

The company offers specialised training to firms in Nakuru Town.

"A safety and environmental protection ensures there are no accident at the places of work," said Mr Taruru.

He says that he developed a passion for safety at work after seeing many workers retire after sustaining injuries at work.

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