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12 May 2023

India: Tea worker severely injured in factory accident spotlights lack of safety provisions for workers; incl. co. responses

In October 2022, it was reported that a tea factory worker at Lepetkata (owned by Luxmi Tea Company Private Ltd) suffered a near-fatal incident after her hair got caught in a CTC (cut, tear, curl) machine. It was reported that factory management had failed to provide her with the requisite safety equipment.

Workers at the factory had demanded safety gear following the death of a worker in a similar incident in 2020, but it was not provided.

In December 2022, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ahmad Tea, Tetley;, Typhoo, Unilever and Morrisons to respond. The full responses can be found below.

Company Responses

Unilever View Response
Tata Consumer Products (part of Tata Group) View Response
Ahmad Tea View Response
Morrisons View Response
Typhoo View Response
Luxmi Tea Company View Response