The Human Resource Manager of Darling, Sam Wambi told URN that 14 workers had already been discharged after receiving first aid.
The main gate of Darling factory under lock and key after the fire incident
At least 38
workers of Darling factory at Kazinga in Bweyogerere in Wakiso District are
nursing injuries they sustained in a fire stampede Tuesday afternoon. Darling
produces hair products such as weaves, ponies, bulk, wigs and braids and employs
more than 300 workers in their day and night shifts.
It is alleged
that one of the power panels sparked leading to a fire in the factory, which
triggered a stampede. The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick
Onyango, says some of the employees stepped on their colleagues in an attempt
to flee the fire leaving 38 with injuries.
The injured workers were rushed
to nearby health facilities by the factory management
backed by the Kazinga Police Commanded by Assistant Superintendent of Police
–ASP Katongole and Kennedy Ssebagala, the Officer in Charge Bweyogerere Police
13 of the injured workers were
rushed to the AAR Clinic while 25 were admitted
at Gwattiro Hospital. The Human Resource Manager of Darling, Sam Wambi
told URN that 14 workers had already been discharged after receiving first aid.
“Some of them
suffocated but we have referred them for thorough medication before we resume
work,” Wambi said. Earlier reports indicated that two workers had died in the
stampede, a claim that has been dismissed by Onyango and area Commanders. According
to Police, all workers were safely evacuated without any fatalities.
The factory, which maintained restricted access for about an
hour after the fire scare, is said to have registered similar incidents in the
recent past. Source said a similar incident occurred late last year and more
than 10 workers were injured.
applauded the employees who worked tooth and nail to contain the fire before
the fire brigade team arrived at the factory. The workers used fire
extinguishers and by the time fire brigade arrived, the situation had already
returned to normal.
The Human Resource Manager of Darling, Sam Wambi, said only a few offices in the administration department are working while the rest have been closed following the incident to allow for maintenance work.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.