Two workers of Fatgbems Petrol Station in the Berger area of Ojodu, a Lagos suburb, were yesterday found dead inside an underground petrol tank at the station.
It was learnt that the victims, Adekunle Ipaye, and one simply identified as ‘United’ were cleaning the tank when they got trapped inside it.
The spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr Kehinde Adebayo, in a statement said the outcome of an investigation conducted by the agency’s officials scene of the incident showed that that the two victims died as result of suffocation and gas at about 6:10 am.
He said: “The victims died of suffocation and gas emission inside the underground tank early hours of Friday 25th March, 2016 at about 6.10 am while carrying out underground cleaning and renovation of the tank of Fatgbems Petrol Station at Oando Bus-Stop Berger. The Lagos State Fire Services and LASEMA Emergency Response Team recovered the bodies of the victims confirmed dead.
“The bodies have been evacuated by the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary, while men of Ojodu Police Station and the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS).
The General Manager LASEMA, Mr Michael Akindele, said proper investigation would be conducted to ascertain what led to the incident. He however warned contractors to use right equipment and also adhere to other safety precautions while carrying out underground cleaning and other duties.”
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