Crest Foam resumes work after fire


Crest Foam staff loading mattresses onto a truck


Crest Foam mattress factory has resumed work after a fire outbreak killed staff and destroyed property last month.

Located in Ntinda, the factory lost workers and property worth over Shs 6bn.

The factory was shut down immediately after the fire as the investigations commenced.

An occupational safety and health team that was set up to probe the fire found out that the factory lacked fire safety systems for prevention, detection, protection and fighting fire.

However, Crest Foam Managing Director, Roseline Kateeba, says all safety measures are now in place and workers safety is a high priority.

In a short statement, the factory said it is now back in business.

“We are pleased to announce that your favourite brand is now back in business and fully functional.”

The State Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, Kamanda Bataringaya, has also told press in Kampala, that the factory has met all the mitigation measures that were set for them as pre-conditions for resuming operations.

Alex Asiimwe, the Assistant Commissioner for Occupational Safety and Health, said the factory resumed operations after fulfilling what he termed ‘immediate measures’.

Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, Crest Foam said it had already compensated the families of the lost staff.

The group that died in a March 9, fire outbreak includes; Edward Ssempiira of Muduuma, Mityana, Alex Ofwono of Nabuyoga, Tororo, Joseph Oboth of Iyolwa, Tororo, Gerald Oyo of Iyolwa, Tororo, Stephen Owere of Mulanda, Tororo and Silas Sooka of Busana, Kayunga.

Management said the injured; Stephen Olupot and Joseph Balikuddembe, had received healthcare, financial and counseling support for themselves and family in accordance with the Company policy and the law.

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