A MAN died in a freak accident at the Alba smelter yesterday while he was testing machinery to ensure it was safe. Sources said carbon maintenance department electrician Krishnendu Banerjee, from India, was about to hand over a crane to an operator when the accident happened.
The 55-year-old was reportedly carrying out final tests on the machine when one of its hooks got entangled in scaffolding pulling it on top of him.
A company spokesman confirmed Mr Banerjee died as the result of an "industrial accident".
"He joined Alba on May 11, 1996 and was working as an electrician in the carbon maintenance department," he said.
"Mr Banerjee was a highly skilled technician and a loyal worker."
The spokesman said all necessary communication had been made with the relevant authorities and a detailed investigation was underway.
Alba Trade Union said Mr Banerjee's death would be mourned by all staff.
"Mr Banerjee was a role model for all of Alba's employees and was very strict about following safety regulations," said a spokesman.
"We will always remember him as a pleasant person who inspired his colleagues."
Mr Banerjee leaves behind his wife Indrani, son Raj, 23, an engineering student in Chennai, India, and daughter Ashita, 18, a class 12 student at the Indian School, Bahrain.
The union promised to support his family in any way it could.
A Labour Ministry official said an investigation was underway into the cause of accident.