Factory Blast Kills One, Four Injured

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Juma Kazaliza, an employee in Tembo Steel Works factory, says he heard a huge blast at around 1:30pm and rushed to see what had happened, only to find Silvers shuttered body and the other injured workers lying on the ground.

Work ground to a halt at Tembo Steel Works factory in Iganga this afternoon following a blast that claimed the life of one employee and injured four others. The incident occurred at around 1:30pm. 

The dead has been identified as 27-year-old Roger Silver while the injured are Dan Katamba, Geoffrey Onyango, Juma Oliver and John Olweny, all residents of Kasolo village in Bulamagi Sub County.

 
They are currently admitted at New Hope Medical Centre along Kaliro road in Iganga Municipality with multiple wounds and burns on their bodies. Juma Kazaliza, an employee in Tembo Steel Works factory, says he heard a huge blast at around 1:30pm and rushed to see what had happened, only to find Silver's shattered body and the other injured workers lying on the ground. 

Police had to pick up Silver's body parts from the scene and take them to Iganga hospital for examination. Nicholas Kambalita, the Human Resource Manager, Tembo Steel Works factory, blames the blast on the failure by the employees to take necessary precaution.

"You see some of our people are illiterate and have never undergone any training in safety measures," he said. Kambalita suspects that the blast could have been caused by a bomb mistakenly delivered by scrap dealers.
 


"We always sort the scrap but this time some of the people responsible for that had not yet arrived," he said. Bosco Kibwika, the LC I chairperson Kasolo Village has advises the factory to employ qualified personnel avoid similar incidents. James Mubi, the Busoga East Police spokesperson, says they have launched investigations to establish what could have happened.
 
 

He says they will hold a meeting with the proprietors of the factory to chat ways of avoiding similar incidents in the future. At least five people have been killed in the last few years in a similar manner at the factory.

By the time of filing this story officers from the Police fire and Rescue department and plain clothed officers from Iganga Central Police Station had sealed off the factory to block residents from tampering with the scene.