Barely a fortnight after Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana had sharply criticised the lack of adequate safety measures in the construction sector, another worker has died tragically under similar circumstances in Waterkloof, Pretoria, yesterday, the Labour Department said.
Coleman Ngcezu was allegedly stacking bricks on a scaffolding platform, four stories up, when he plunged to his death - head first to the ground.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the platform that Ngcezu was working on had no barricades and that the scaffolding structure was shaky.
Ngcezu was reportedly not wearing any safety harness, only a hard hat and safety boots.
Two weeks ago, a Mozambican national, Americo Diaz, died at a construction site in Pretoria after slipping and falling two floors to his death. The accident was also blamed on poor safety measures.
Labour Department spokes-person Zolisa Sigabi said: "Both workers' deaths were regrettable and shameful, and could have been avoided. Employers and workers must work together to ensure a safe work environment. It is also incumbent upon workers to take responsibility of their health and safety. They should refuse to work under dangerous conditions."
She said workers needed to ensure that they had workplace safety representatives in place to be the eyes and ears of the department. - Staff Reporter