Isipingo: worker falls to his death from bakkie

2011-08-17 00:00

A TEENAGER from Mtwalume died after falling off the back of a bakkie in Platt Drive in Isipingo yesterday afternoon.

A police report stated Monalisi Cele (18) was seated at the back of a bakkie when a sudden movement in the vehicle caused him to fall of and land on the roadway.

The driver, Cele’s employer, said, “We were travelling on the road when a car in front pulled into a driveway without indicating. I swerved to avoid smashing into the car and that is when he fell off.”

Cele died on the scene. A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

The National Road Traffic Act of 1996 makes it an offence to transport any person for reward on the back of a bakkie, but the act does not forbid transporting workers in the back of a bakkie, as long as the sides of the load bin are 350 mm high and the persons are sitting on the floor.

However, the Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that employers must provide seats that are firmly secured and adequate for the number of employees to be carried.

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