Dalton: Sugar mill worker believed crushed by crane

2013-02-20 00:00

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was apparently crushed to death by a crane at a sugar mill in Dalton yesterday morning.

Mark Napier, production manager for UCL, the company where the accident happened, said it was too early to establish exact details.

“The general rumour is our guy was crushed or knocked by a crane in the sugar mill, but until the investigation is finalised we cannot know for certain what happened.”

He described the incident as “unfortunate”.

Napier said they had taken statements from witnesses and the safety department was busy assessing the scene.

He declined to name the employee until the man’s family had been informed.

“The company is very regretful of what happened and we would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Napier.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident, saying it happened at about 9 am. “Dalton police are investigating,” he added.

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