Dismissed TDM staff block ambulance from leaving with injured worker

2017-06-22 13:45
Police keep an eye on workers leaving the TDM factory in Chesterfield Road after protesters went on the rampage and blocked an ambulance treating an injured worker in the premises. INSET: An ER24 ambulance leaves the TDM factory in Chesterfield Road after a worker was critically injured in a workplace accident. Police had to intervene after striking workers prevented the ambulance from leaving the factory.

Police keep an eye on workers leaving the TDM factory in Chesterfield Road after protesters went on the rampage and blocked an ambulance treating an injured worker in the premises. INSET: An ER24 ambulance leaves the TDM factory in Chesterfield Road after a worker was critically injured in a workplace accident. Police had to intervene after striking workers prevented the ambulance from leaving the factory. (Ian Carbutt)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

NEHAWU union members protest over wage dispute ShareEmbedEmail

2017-05-10 17:43

National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) organised a protest on Wednesday following a deadlock in wage negotiations with Rhodes University Management. Watch. WATCH

Paramedics responding to an emergency at the Timber Door Manufacturers (TDM) factory on Chesterfield Road were caught in a standoff with protesting workers on Wednesday.

Sabelo Ngubane, who is believed to be in his 30s, was injured when his right arm was crushed in the finger-joint machine.

Police had to fire rubber bullets when the angry protesters blocked the gate and obstructed the ambulance from leaving with the critically injured man.

The protesting workers were fired after an unlawful strike, reportedly sparked by the dismissal of a black shop steward who had been called a “baboon”. On their notification of dismissal, signed by company chief executive officer Chris du Toit, the company said the workers had been fired for participating in an unprotected strike. Du Toit declined to comment on the workers’ allegations.

A paramedic who attended the scene said the striking workers blocked the ambulances and started throwing stones at the vehicles and security guards at the entrance of the factory. “We requested for a helicopter from Durban but it couldn’t come out. Fortunately police managed to disperse the crowd and the patient was rushed to ... surgery.”

Acting factory manager Raymond Kritzinger said workers who embarked on the illegal protest blocked both exits and the paramedics were stuck inside with the injured worker. “It was a very bad incident. His co-workers managed to rush to his aid. The ambulance was here within minutes, but on their way out they were blocked.”

Kritzinger said they still have to investigate how the incident happened. “We have a new work force so most of them are still learning how to use the machinery,” he said.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.