-Four workers of the Tulip Inn Hotel have died through injuries sustained in a gas explosion at the hotel's kitchen
-Families of the victims have accused the hotel of neglecting their relatives when they needed help
-Hotel management has disputed claims and social media reacts
The families of four employees of the Tulip Inn Hotel at South Legon in Accra who died through an accident at their workplace are bemoaning the circumstances leading to their deaths.
The four, Francis Dzigbor, electrician; Emmanuel Baffoe Gyan, gas technician; Alex Akomani, cook; and William Gbedemashie, driver reportedly died through injuries from a gas explosion which occurred at about 1 p.m. on September 26, 2017 in the hotel’s kitchen.
According to some of the bereaved families, though there workplace incident was an accident, the actions of the hotel authorities thereafter contributed to the deaths of the four workers.
Citing an example, they pointed to the failure of the authorities to urgently make financial commitment towards the treatment of their beloved ones.
The family of Mr Dzigbor, for instance, blamed the hotel authorities for their late financial commitment towards his treatment at the Nyaho Medical Centre that compelled the hospital to write to the management of the Tulip Inn Hotel announcing the transfer of the victim to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Daily Graphic, quotes portions of a medical report from the Nyaho Medical Centre it sighted saying Mr. Dzigbor, "has been discharged on account of financial constraints following a discussion with his employer regarding payment of his bills."
But the management of the hotel disagrees with the accusations of neglect alleging that the hotel paid for the cost of Mr Dzigbor’s treatment but the hospital delayed because they wanted payments also made for the other victims which the hotel could not immediately raise.
One Mr Agbi, an accountant and purchasing officer at the hotel who spoke to the Daily Graphic explained that the hospital needed about GH¢57,000 to cover the total cost of treatment of the four employees who were initially admitted to the facility.
The hotel however, managed to raise an advanced of GH¢21,000 which was supposed to cover the medical bills for Mr Dzigbor but the hospital insisted on payments on the treatment cost of the four employees.
According to Mr Agbi, investigations are still ongoing to establish the cause of the incident.
This admission of Tulip Inn, a 3-star hotel not being able to raise an amount of GHC57,000 to save four employees who were on their death beds because of their work sounds a bit curious and leaves one wondering whether the families' claims are legitimate or not.
Meanwhile, a section of Ghanaians have taken to social media to react to the incident. Check out some of the comments below:
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