The boss of the world’s biggest bike maker, BMC, has said staff have no clue about missing workers after a worker’s body was found in the company’s warehouse.
Mick McConkey said in a statement that his team was “sickened” by the death of a member of staff and was in touch with the family of the deceased.
The body of the man was found by a crane at the company headquarters in the city of Wrexham, Australia.
McConkey told the ABC he had “no idea” who the missing worker was.
“We don’t know if he is a member or not,” he said.
“There’s no-one in the warehouse and we’re not aware of who he is.”
A post mortem is being conducted by the Royal Melbourne and Women’s Hospital.
BMC has so far not provided any information about who the man may be.
“I am aware that we have been told that a person has died at our headquarters in Wrexambe in Australia and we are deeply saddened by the circumstances,” the statement said.
A BMC spokesperson said it had “taken a very serious look at what happened” and had reached out to the family.
“[It] has been very difficult to cope with this, and we apologise for the pain and distress caused to the families of the missing employee and any other staff members,” they said.
The company has been on a hiring freeze since the death last month of a worker.
It had announced plans to hire more staff over the coming months and had made its “hardest work” days available for staff to work.BMC’s Chief Executive Officer and chief operating officer, Chris Barrie, said staff were “heartbroken” and were being supported by the company.
“At BMC we care deeply about the wellbeing of our team and are devastated by this tragic loss,” Barrie said in the statement.
He said the company was working to “create a safe and secure workplace”.
Barry Crampton, the chair of the National Employment Relations Commission, has asked for an investigation into what went wrong.
“(There is) no doubt that this has been an extremely stressful time for staff and the family and the company has taken a very deliberate and difficult look at this,” he told ABC Radio’s AM program.
Crampton said the investigation would look at whether BMC has breached workplace law.
Asked if he had concerns that a similar incident had happened in the past, Barrie replied: “Absolutely.
We are looking at what we did.
We’re going to have to go through the legal processes.””
It will be very, very difficult, given that we’re so close to the Christmas period, to have a Christmas holiday.”
Brampton is also asking for the suspension of the company to be lifted.
‘No way’ to stop staff from reporting, union saysIn a statement, the union representing workers at BMC said there was no way to stop employees from reporting an injury or any other misconduct to management.
They also called for the company “to be held accountable for the serious and systemic failings that have led to this loss of life”.
“We ask for a prompt and fair response to this horrific tragedy,” the union said.
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