Tragedy struck in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, after a 42-year-old field technician with the Ikeja Electric(IE), Matthew Umukoro, died after falling from an electric pole.
Investigations revealed that the incident happened on Igbe Road, Igbogbo, in the Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state.
According to PUNCH report, late Umukoro was on a pole, working on wires to enable residents of the Itedo Oluwa Community Development Association to have access to power when the pole suddenly snapped, Umukoro fell and lost consciousness.
His colleagues and residents in the community, rushed him to the Akinbola Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
The Head of Corporate Communications, IE, Felix Ofulue, who confirmed the incident, said the firm had commenced investigation.
“One of our staff, a field technician, suffered a fatal accident while working on an electric pole. He was rushed to a hospital, but unfortunately, he passed on,” Ofulue stated.
“It is a tragic situation and we deeply commiserate with his family and friends. Already, we have commenced an investigation and safety assessment of the situation to determine what went wrong.
“Safety is a critical aspect of the company’s culture and it is paramount that every technician is fully kitted in personal protective equipment whenever they are on the field. The company will spare no cost to ensure that staff members are protected in their line of duty due to the sensitive nature of the task.”
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident said Umukoro’s corpse had been deposited in the Ikorodu General Hospital’s mortuary.
“The incident happened on Monday, June 13, 2022. Matthew Umukoro’s colleague visited the station and reported that he was working on an electric pole around 3pm, but in the process, the pole got broken and he fell. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.” the PPRO stated.