Six injured as water tank ruptures

2017-02-01 06:03
A water tank at Hulamin’s Camps Drift site ruptured while being filled on Tuesday, injuring six people. PHOTO: supplied

A water tank at Hulamin’s Camps Drift site ruptured while being filled on Tuesday, injuring six people. PHOTO: supplied

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A HULAMIN water tank ruptured while being filled on Tuesday morning, injuring six people at its Camps Drift site.

Hulamin group communications manager Nomaswazi Kanyile said that the tanker was installed in 2016 as part of a drought risk mitigation strategy, to be commissioned in early 2017.

Kanyile said that on Tuesday morning, while the tank was being filled, “a rupture occurred without warning”.

“Six contractors working in the vicinity of the tank were injured,” she said.

“With support from a Hulamin crisis­ and rescue team, the workers were attended to on site and subsequently taken to hospital for observation.

“All have since been discharged.”

She said the Department of Labour, the SAPS and the National Occupational Safety Association were notified.

“The site of the incident, which is some distance from manufacturing operations, has been cordoned off and will be isolated while the investigation is ongoing.

“Hulamin places the highest value on the safety of staff, contractors and visitors.

“The site has been inspected and deemed safe for normal manufacturing operations to continue,” she said.

- Reporter.

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