Polypack employee dies after being crushed by machine


A Polypack Limited employee died on Sunday after he was compressed by a machine while on duty.

Limbe police deputy publicist Widson Nhlane said this happened at the company’s factory which is located at Maselema in Limbe Township in Blantyre.

Nhlane has identified the deceased as Mike Liston.

Liston’s supervisor, Yohane Saka, told police that he was working as a general labourer at the factory and was on a night shift on Sunday, January 6 when he met his fate.

The police publicist said in course of discharging his duties, Liston saw some materials burning from one of the running machines.

He decided to remove them and as he bent down his head into the machine, he was compressed by the moving moulds and sustained head injuries in the process.

His workmates rushed him to Queen Elizabeth central hospital where he died whilst being treated.

Postmortem was conducted and it was established that he died due to severe head injuries.

Meanwhile, police are appealing to factory workers to be extra careful with all running machines when on duty to avoid similar incidents.

Liston hailed from Mangame village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje district.