Caleb Otieno’s family will receive a Sh7,000 monthly stipend from the corporation for the next five years as compensation for the man who was melted to ashes in a Thika steel facility.
This is a third of his Sh21,000 net monthly pay. He had been employed for seven years and was on a permanent basis.
This corresponds to the Sh420,000 lump sum figure that had been reported in the media.
The owner of Blue Nile Rolling Mills told the family that this would be “the right gift of restitution,” the family told the Star on Thursday.
According to Michael Orao, his counsin who has been speaking to the press on behalf of the family, the company offered Otieno’s father Sh100,000 on march 27 when the family visited the factory
They were able to use the funds to aid with accommodation and travel costs.
While the parents were still reeling from the news, Orao said the boss told him that from then on, he would treat Otieno’s father as one of his employees, and he would be paid the same stipend as every other person on the payroll.
According to Orao, the firm advised the family to seek “substantial” compensation from the insurance provider.
“Muhindi, the company’s owner, was the one who came up with the ideas and made the decisions without consulting anybody else. They must have seen how impoverished Mzee was and chose to offer such a pitiful sum “Orao remarked.
They filed the motion for compensation when the family was still grieving. Our only concern was death, but they chose to strike while the iron was still hot.”
The 34-year-old male is from Kisumu’s Kogony village. On March 25, he was dragged into a metal crushing rolling machine, where he was crushed to death before being dumped into a burning furnace below.
However, legal experts say that the family should hire a personal injury lawyer to represent them in negotiations with the corporation and insurance companies.