Deaths at sugar mills not normal – Singh By Dhanjay Deo. Fiji Village. Wednesday 01/06/2016
“Deaths at sugar mills are not normal.”
This was stressed by NFP Parliamentarian, Prem Singh as he moved a motion for Parliament to agree to an independent audit of the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s mills before the start of the current crushing season, focusing on mill operations and Occupational Health and Safety procedures.
He said this is in light of five accidents resulting in three deaths in the last two years in FSC’s mills.
Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau stated in his response that accidents and deaths are a fact of life.
He said the probabilities of accidental deaths depend on the activities that one participates in.
The motion was defeated as 28 Parliamentarians voted against it while
16 voted in favor of it. Six MPs did not vote.