A farm worker, Willem Isaacs, 30, from Omaheke Region has been left to rot in Katutura Hospital by his employer, Gert Burger, after a wood-cutting machine almost left him without fingers three weeks ago.
He lost his index finger and a tip of his pinkie from his left hand when the machine accidentally cut him.
“I was hard at work and as I pushed a piece of plank under the machine, my hand accidentally made contact with the blade. I just felt searing pain and there was blood all over,” said Isaacs.
He was rushed to the hospital by his foreman.
“I saw him (his boss) at the hospital in Gobabis but I was really too hysterical to talk to him about anything important. I was transferred to Windhoek the next day.”
Now weeks in the hospital without a word from his boss, Isaacs is a worried man.
“I have just been dumped here. I haven’t heard from my boss since I got here. I’m worried sick about my future,” he said.
Isaacs said he might not be compensated for the injury and worse, he might not get his job back after speaking to V-Metro.
“My worry is really not that I’m neglected here, it’s more about what will happen when I go back home. That man is probably not going to pay me and now that I’m talking to you, I’m as good as fired,” he stated.
Burger confirmed the incident but said that he hasn’t visited his worker for lack of time as he has to work.
“Yes, he was injured while working. It was purely by accident. Haven’t been there to visit him because there is too much work here.
“The work here is very labour intense. I don’t think he will be able to work here when he comes. My wife and I will soon be negotiating a generous package with his family,” said Burger.