An Indian man who died in a workplace accident on Wednesday, January 15, in Christchurch has been repatriated to his hometown Ferozepur in northern India.
The man was identified as 24-year-old Mandeep Sandhu who was working at a glass manufacturing company, Stake Glass on Distribution Lane in Sockburn, Christchurch.
A source in Christchurch confirmed that the company bore the expenses of the body repatriation to India.
“It is tragic to see a young life lost, and this is the second death reported in two weeks,” a community leader in Christchurch, Narinder Singh Warraich told The Indian Weekender.
Earlier this year, a 24-year-old man died at his workplace due to a medical incident. He was repatriated to India with community support where his family conducted his last rites.
“Mr Sandhu’s body was repatriated on Tuesday, January 21 and reached his home in Ferozpur on Wednesday, January 22. The family will conduct his funeral sometime this week,” Mr Warraich added.
Friends of Mr Sandhu told media that he was a dynamic and friendly man and loved his work. Mr Sandhu moved to Christchurch in 2015 and was working at Stake Glass for two years.
Mr Sandhu’s friend told Stuff that he loved keeping himself fit, was a member of a local gym, and played for the Albans Cricket Club.
Mr Sandhu was the only son of his family, and they are devastated with the untimely passing away of their dear son.
Stuff reported that although details of the accident remain hazy, it is understood Mr Sandhu was crushed while operating machinery making glass panels.
WorkSafe’s Manufacturing Lead Julie-Ann Mail said safety manufacturing remains a key priority sector for WorkSafe, with eight fatalities recorded between October 2018 and October 2019.
“All too often we are seeing workers fatally injured, particularly by mechanisms such as vehicles or being hit by an object. We are also seeing a number of illnesses and injuries caused by body stresses and slips, trips and falls.
“WorkSafe is reminding employers that the best way to ensure worker safety is to manage risk in the work place. It is vital that employers understand risks involved in their line of work and look at controls and the best ways to mitigate this risk.
“One of the best ways to manage health and safety in the workplace is to involve workers in the risk assessment process. They are on the front line and that is where employers will get their best details around how to efficiently manage risk,” Ms Julie-Ann Mail said in a media release to The Indian Weekender.
The cause of the incident is being investigated by NZ Police, and WorkSafe and his death has been referred to the coroner.