The 34-year-old man who died in a steel factory in Thika was laid to rest today, Saturday, April 9, at his rural home in Kogony, Kisumu county.
Caleb Otieno died horridly after he melted to ashes after he reportedly fell into the Blue Nile Steel Rolling Mills boiler on Friday, March 25.
On the fateful day, Otieno’s gloves got stuck on the metals while he was filling pieces through a rolling mill into a blazing furnace.
The mills, in turn, pulled him onto the machine and crushed him into pieces before dropping him into the furnace where he was melted to ashes.
His arms and head were the first to be crushed. Then his liquefied body got mixed up with the melted steel, leaving only countable bone particles at its base.
Otieno’s ashes and other remains believed to be his were then packed in three sacks, placed in a coffin and preserved in a Thika morgue.
During the burial ceremony which was graced by his family and friends, the coffin remained closed as they paid him their last respect.
The deceased had worked at the steel company for five years before the tragic accident that claimed his life.
Two weeks after the man’s death, his family was embroiled in a row with the firm over the compensation.
The Thika based firm reportedly offered them KSh 420,000 as “an appropriate gesture of compensation”, which the family disputed.
In the cash, the family was to be given a monthly stipend of KSh 7,000 for a period of five years.
Being employed on a permanent basis, the offer was a third of the deceased net monthly salary of KSH 21,000.
When the family picked up his remains from the factory, they were offered KSh 100,000 to plan for his interment.
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