Sick ex-employee drags Lafarge to court


A FORMER Lafarge Zambia PLC employee has sued the cement company demanding damages for permanent disability emanating from an illness caused by cement dust and has asked the High Court to order the company to retire him on medical grounds.
In this case, Timmy Banda has taken Lafarge to court demanding that the cement company retires him on medical ground and not normal retirement.
According to a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, Mr Banda says he worked for Lafarge as a field controller until he was retired.


He claims that his health started failing him and that he underwent an operation in which his right kidney was removed and that the left kidney was cut in half and his bladder operated on.
Mr Banda claims that he was advised by his doctors not to work under strenuous conditions and that he was not to climb stairs or lift heavy machinery.
He claims that his employers were advised by his doctors to constitute a medical board which would review Mr Banda’s condition in the event that the company decided to retire him.
Mr Banda claims that Lafarge ignored his doctors’ advice and went ahead to retire him normally when it should have retired him on medical grounds because of his illness.
He wants the court to cancel the normal retirement and order that he be retired on medical grounds.