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Man dies in chainsaw accident

2012-04-20 22:06

Johannesburg - An elderly man died in a chainsaw accident in Pietermaritzburg on Friday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

"Reports from the scene indicate that the man was cutting trees behind a factory at around 11:00 when the chainsaw slipped and struck him in the groin," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said in a statement.

He was in his 80s.

"Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene within three minutes of receiving the call; tragically they found that the man had died before their arrival due to the extensive injuries that he sustained."

Comments
  • Tanie - 2012-04-20 22:19

    Our poor people will pretend to know how to do certain jobs just to have the means of survival.I doubt the old man knew the safety of using power tools.This sort of things shouldn't be happening to be honest,we are on the driving seat of our country and should do the best for our poor people. Lord have you forsaken us?

      Julie - 2012-04-20 23:03

      Oom Kriel, you ask the Lord whether He has forsaken us. No, He has not done so - we humans have forsaken Him by disobeying His laws and creating our own... It was a tragic accident, but probably due to the fact that the old man was not a skilled operator of this power tool. May his soul rest in peace...

      Phumlani - 2012-04-20 23:29

      I tink the chain snapped

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-21 07:54

      Uh - accidents do happen, does it have to be that complicated?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-21 08:55

      Never be too safe when using a chainsaw. Had a few close calls my self. Condolences to the family for their loss.

  • Livingstone - 2012-04-20 22:49

    Was the poor old man wearing correct protective pants? I doubt he did. Power hand tools such as angle grinders,Chainsaws and etc are dangerous. If the old man had used correct safe working procedure his life would have been spared. At 80 it was likely that accident would ensue. Chainsaws need strength to operate. I would not have allowed this old man to use this kind of equipment without strict supervision.

      Bronwyn - 2012-04-20 22:57

      I agree Livingstone!!! At 80 he should have been retired not cutting trees with a chainsaw!

      DAKENI - 2012-04-20 23:00

      May his soul rest in peace. At 80 operating a chainsaw!! surely something is not right here, who can allow an elderly person use such dangerous equipment? someone must be arrested and charged with murder

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 23:30

      Bronwen you may find that he needed to work - not too many people have sufficient means to enjoy their old age without having to work - don't judge too harshly.

      Nayrb - 2012-04-21 06:17

      What do correct protective pants look like ?.Atleast he was working and doing it himself,very unfortunate event.

      Matsela - 2012-04-21 06:39

      You Go labour inspector, wanna investigate (sec24)?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-21 07:57

      The correct protective pants are padded, and extremely hot to wear - not many people use them. I would imagine an 80 year old to normally be quite frail, a chain saw is a very physical machine to operate. Was he employed or working for himself by the way?

  • seanalonso - 2012-04-20 23:15

    @Dakeni - ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!?!?!?!??!?!? Arrested and.. oh my god man. So MORE of our tax money should go into an investigation for an obvious accident? Your mindset seriously needs to change. With respect to the victim of this accident, the police and courts have FAR more important issues to deal with.

      Jayson - 2012-04-20 23:37

      Sean, this just goes to show how far we have evolved here in SA. Its always someone else to blame. Let's have the chain saw arrested. I mean it was at the murder seen. It did have blood on it. So we have the evidence. Arrest the chain saw's ass. WTF.

      trevor.hluvukani - 2012-04-21 06:31

      hey u .dis accident had nothng 2 do wit ur money.jst shut up if u dont hv comment.sis

      Jayson - 2012-04-21 06:51

      Who are referring to trevor??? It better not be me!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-21 09:00

      Investigating accidents reveals failures that will be utilized to ensure effective measures are introduced to limit the same failures reappearing subsequently ensuring a safer environment...... The money to investigate if required is a non-issue.

      Jayson - 2012-04-21 12:20

      Bluzulu. I normally enjoy you comments. This one is a lot of Mambo Jambo. What are you on about???

  • Anthony Katzeff - 2012-04-21 00:51

    Poor guy, condolences to his family.

  • Olebogeng - 2012-04-21 07:14

    Didnt he know dat wen u grow old u loose some strength.bo charma bo a sotla.Rest in peace madala and may da lord strenghthen ur family during dis hard time.

  • sasekile - 2012-04-21 08:21

    Rest in peace old man n condolences to family and friends left behind

  • Marion - 2012-04-21 09:49

    Terrible way to die. May you RIP.

  • Vineyard - 2012-04-21 10:58

    May our good friend and mentor rest in peace - a legend he was - an 80 year old who worked and beavered like a 55 year old. A master builder in the true sense of the word. A freak accident it was - our good Lord needed a master builder in heaven to repair some special church roof.

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