2 men electrocuted in East London

2012-02-23 21:14
Johannesburg - Two men have been electrocuted on a building site in East London, the Eastern Cape labour department said on Thursday.

The men, aged 42 and 27, were on the premises of Inca Masonry, a construction supplier, on Mdantsane access road in Wilsonia, around 11:00 on Wednesday, assistant director for occupational health and safety Alfred Cakata said.

"A preliminary report of the investigation revealed that the workers, after finishing painting the silo tank, decided to dismantle the scaffold and move it to the other side of the site."

Two men were pulling the scaffolding with a rope, and four others were pushing it from the back, when it made contact with a live power line. All six men, employed by a contractor, were electrocuted.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala said the two men killed were declared dead on the scene. Two others were injured.

They were taken to Cecilia Makiwane hospital outside East London for treatment.

"The department of labour Eastern Cape will investigate further the company's level of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act," Eastern Cape head of inspection and enforcement services Livingstone Matiwane in a statement.

Cakata said the department hoped to receive the post-mortem report on Monday.

Mqala said an inquest had been opened, with police and electricians having visited the site.

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