POLICE have started investigations into the death of a 44-year-old Lautoka Sugar Mill worker who died from burns when an evaporator collapsed at the mill about three weeks ago.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said a complaint was received at the Lautoka Police Station.
"I can confirm that we have received a report and we are investigating the death of the deceased mill worker, Samuela Sigatokacake," Insp Sokomuri said.
Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union general secretary Felix Anthony said they lodged the complaint out of concern for the safety and well-being of their 900 members.
"We have lodged a criminal negligence complaint with the director of Criminal Investigations over the death of our member, Samuela Sigatokacake."
Mr Sigatokacake, a father of four, suffered 50 per cent burns to his body after the support structure of an evaporator gave way, pouring extremely hot water onto the Lautoka mill factory floor on July 25.
He was rushed to the Lautoka Hospital and was reported to be responding positively to treatment before passing away three days later.
He is survived by his wife Unaisi and four young children.