Verulam concrete batch collapse kills 1, injures 3

The Verulam concrete batch collapse at KatzStone Granite and Quartz in KwaZulu-Natal, left one worker dead and three injured, including the owner.

The Department of Labour is investigating the incident. Preliminary investigation suggests that about 15:30 on Friday 1 April 2016, three employees and the owner of the company were removing granite slabs inside a container.

While removing the last batch, a piece of granite fell, and triggering the rest to tumble down and strike the workers.

One of the workers was trapped under the granite and died.

Emergency response teams arrived and broke the granite to reach the worker. The other three workers were admitted to hospital.

The preliminary investigation by DOL Labour Inspectors found that;
[] the deceased was not trained;
[] a risk assessment was not conducted;
[] precautionary measures were not determined;
[] Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was not issued to the workers.

The incident is being investigated in terms of Section 31 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, to establish the cause of the incident.

If the employer is found to be negligent and flouted any aspect of the law, a recommendation to prosecute will be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

• Sources; Department of Labour Communication Directorate, Lungelo Mkamba, Provincial Communications: KwaZulu-Natal; Mokgadi Pela, Acting Departmental Spokesperson

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One thought on “Verulam concrete batch collapse kills 1, injures 3

  1. Another unnecessary death – condolences to family and colleagues.
    One wonders how the supplier stacked the slabs in the container at source. Perhaps sections 9 and 10 of the OHS Act should be thrown at them.

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