The Department of Labour is investigating the death of a Boksburg Rheinmettal Denel munition worker who died after a machine he was checking started engaging while he was inside it in on Tuesday 23 September 2014.
“The inspectors are investigating the cause of the fatality and as to whether the employer was complying with the occupational health and safety procedures during the time of the accident.
According to the preliminary investigations, the supervisor at production line was called by one of the CNC operators to inform him about water leakages at his machine. The Supervisor stopped the machine and went inside the machine to check where the water was coming from. While in there the Machine started to engage and the Supervisor was caught in between the fixture and tool and got crushed inside.
After the incident, Labour inspectors immediately issued a prohibition notice to halt all work at the site and ordered for the erection of safety guard rails along the area where the accident happened.
The department has urged workers to take full charge of their workplace health and safety at all times to avoid unnecessary injuries and fatalities. Workplace safety is a joint responsibility.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS