Labour dept shuts down KZN work sites

2011-08-11 21:38

Johannesburg - Operations have been stopped at two workplaces in KwaZulu-Natal after three employees died on duty, said the department of labour on Thursday.

"The go-ahead for work to continue at both workplaces will not be given until the department is fully satisfied that all safety requirements are met," deputy director general of inspection and enforcement services Siyanda Nxawe said in a statement.

Two people were killed when an embankment collapsed next to the trench they were digging, trapping them underground at a construction site in Simbithi on Monday.

Another man died at a farm at Ravensworth Forest, in New Hanover, when a tree being cut by a co-worker fell on him on Wednesday.

The department was conducting an inquiry into the cause of the accidents and the people responsible.

Nxawe said the department would recommend the prosecution of anyone found to have been negligent.