Man killed by pneumatic tyre roller during road works in Hillcrest

2014-04-04 00:00

A MAN was killed by a pneumatic tyre roller on a road construction site in Hillcrest on Wednesday.

Justice Khathi (21) was crushed to death while busy putting up a sign board alerting motorists to the road works on Inanda Road near the Balmoral Complex.

The road construction is a Transport Department project and the contractor is Martin and East Construction.

The construction site agent, who identified himself as W.J. du Toit, said the driver of the eight-wheel giant machine was stabilising concrete on the road when the accident happened.

“We spoke to people on the site and we spoke to the driver. He is traumatised by the incident,” said Du Toit. “I understand that the deceased was putting up a sign board when the driver reversed and knocked him off. I can’t comment on whether he saw the man behind him or not. The employee died on the scene.”

Du Toit said one-on-one counselling sessions were arranged for all the employees who were on site.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the driver told police he had heard a strange sound and stopped the machine.

“When he stopped the machine other workers started to run in all directions and when he moved around the machine he said he saw his colleague trapped under the machine,” Zwane said, adding Khathi sustained forehead, chest and leg injuries.

Zwane said a case of culpable homicide was being investigated but that no one had been arrested.

Attempts to get comment from the deceased’s family were unsuccessful.

The Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said he would be issuing a statement, but this had not been received by the time of going to press.

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