Worker's heatwave death to be probed

2012-01-18 12:20
Cape Town - Extremely hot weather was the possible cause of the death of a construction worker in southern Paarl, the Western Cape health department said on Wednesday.

"We have not concluded an autopsy so the exact cause of death cannot be confirmed," spokesperson Faiza Steyn said.

She said the 55-year-old unidentified man had been working on the building site of an industrial development on Tuesday.

Three of his colleagues were admitted to Paarl hospital and were treated for dehydration.

"All were treated with fluid replacement and two were discharged after treatment," she said.

Temperatures in Paarl and the rest of the Cape hovered between 38 and 43°C on Tuesday.

Paarl was expected to reach a high of 35°C on Wednesday.

The SA Weather Service said on Tuesday that temperatures were likely to drop a few degrees by Thursday.

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