KZN man killed by meat grinder

2010-12-20 12:23

Durban -  A man was killed when his arm was caught in a meat grinder at Shoprite Checkers in Durban, the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant said on Monday.

“I will do a thorough investigation into the incident to check whether all safety procedures were adhered to,” she said in a statement.

“The probe is to determine the cause of the incident and necessary steps to be taken, should any areas of non-compliance be detected.”

Labour inspectors were at the shop after the incident on Sunday.

“They revealed that whilst the deceased was operating a meat mincing machine, his arm got caught in the moving parts of the machine resulting in his upper body being pulled in.”

The man died instantly.

Prohibition notice served

The labour department served a prohibition notice on the employer to immediately stop the use, repair or destruction of the machine without obtaining the permission of the labour inspector assigned to the investigation.

“The notice will not be revoked until the employer has satisfied inspectors that all safety operating procedures are met and complied with in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act,” said Oliphant’s spokesperson Mzobanzi Jikazana.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) demanded an investigation into the man’s death.

“As the Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal we demand a full, transparent, independent investigation into the matter. We will not rest until we get to the bottom of this matter,” said provincial chairman Chris Ndlela in a statement.

Ndlela said victim was a casual worker who had been employed for two weeks.

“This therefore re-affirms our call for an end to casualisation and labour brokers,” he said.

The police were not immediately available for comment.

  • Zoolie - 2010-12-20 12:30

    I wonder if they are going to use the same machine once the investigation is finished, grrrrr.

      pooven101 - 2010-12-20 15:25

      yes they will ....

      Andy49 - 2010-12-20 18:17

      use it to grind the expired frozen chickens.

  • Corry - 2010-12-20 12:37

    Sad, but the guy probably didn't listen to what was said to him and either fiddled with the machine or tried to take a shortcut in his work. but jeezuz keeryst, not a good way to go!

      corro51 - 2010-12-20 13:03

      The onus is on the company to prove that he was trained, and was competent in the use thereof.

      Max - 2010-12-20 13:54

      @ Corry: Where did you get that story?. If he did not follow the safety measures, whose fault is that? Please read the OHSA, and you will be able write something constructive.

      Made_In_SA - 2010-12-20 14:50

      the mercury newspaper said he was standing on a crate before he got mangled.. I bet the health and safety reps are sweating..

  • Hennie - 2010-12-20 12:47

    grrrrr.... ouch.... so much for buying meat in durban this weekend :)

      zahidr3 - 2010-12-21 08:52

      Or Chicken...........

  • corro51 - 2010-12-20 12:49

    Checkers MD not going to have a Happy Christmas, as in terms of the law, he is the company representative.

  • Treborani - 2010-12-20 12:58

    Don't buy wors or mince from Shoprite in the future ?

  • My - 2010-12-20 12:59

    It is sad... But following on the reprocessed chicken story, I wonder if they will try to sell thís mince too.... YUCK!!!

  • Stephan - 2010-12-20 13:02

    Explain to me how you die "instantly" when going through the painfull (literally) process of being slwoly grinded to a pulp?

      Roy - 2010-12-20 23:47

      Maybe he was a very SMALL man??...which explains why he was standing on a crate!!

  • Ederik - 2010-12-20 13:03

    No chicken and no mince for the KZN guys!

      rodneykdc - 2010-12-20 16:58

      I am told Shoprite has as special on pre-packed finger lunches tomorrow

      Arthi - 2010-12-21 09:21

      i concur

  • Mpilo N - 2010-12-20 13:03

    I was not suprised by this incident, because most managers are exploiting their employees, because they want fat bonuses.labour brokers is also another contributing factor to these problems.

      gmck21 - 2010-12-20 13:11

      YES the manager pushed him into a grinder to exploit him..... stupid tool!

      abezarco - 2010-12-20 14:29

      Most managers exploit their employees...and most employees are useless....this cannot be so. Without the employees there will be no production and without the employers there will be no jobs. Let's be objective please!

      Made_In_SA - 2010-12-20 14:53

      Mpilo, iqondo wakho awuphila.. the dude was standing on a crate whilst working... sounds to me like he needs to voted into a category for the Darwin awards..

      Pit - 2010-12-20 15:14

      Yes, the labour brokers drained the brain of the 'wêkka' of all intelligence and therefore the accident occurred. OHS has become a counterproductive virus. Employers have to cover every corner in order to protect the 'wêkkas' from their own stupidity. The world must change from a safety oriented to a production oriented stance. Let the stupid perish.

  • semaj - 2010-12-20 13:07

    Don't be too hard on Shoprite. From experience, I have observed that often whatever goes into one ear when instructing a person so frequently emerges from the other ear within minutes. We see the results regularly in the mining industry. Many of the injuries are directly due to the inability of workers to stick to the rules to the last dot on the i and cross on the t. For that, management gets blamed. If people were to be effectively supervised, there woiuld be more supervisors than actual workers.

  • Edgar - 2010-12-20 13:11

    Do Cosatu really need to have their useless input on matters such as this or is it being used as a political stage to show how they care for workers. Do they not realise that the laws regarding accident investigation were about long before they came on the seen? This twat Chris Ndelela needs to get a real job perhaps.

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2010-12-20 13:27

    I wonder if training documentation was signed off. If not, or if they were negligent I hope they get sued by everyone and for everything the law will allow.

      Mike - 2010-12-20 13:53

      You are also a twot. Be sure of the facts before jumping to conclusions and trying to be so bloody righteous

  • Average Joe - 2010-12-20 13:45

    LOL how can it be anybodies fault but the guy who got his arm stuck in the grinder? Blaming shoprite is useless would you blame them if he died because het did not look before crossing the road infront of the store?

  • Badger - 2010-12-20 13:51

    The Wording Here is Really Bad,,,,,",,,KZN man killed by meat grinder,," Sounds like it came after him with a knife or something!!!! Condolences to the family

  • Peter - 2010-12-20 13:51

    You will probably find that the stupid workers took the safety gaurd off the machine and now the MD is in the shit......and you can't fire the workers for not adheering to safety standards.What a joke!!!!

      Smanga - 2010-12-20 14:19

      here's to wishing it was you who got minced! fool...

      Peter - 2010-12-20 14:44

      @smanga.You are probablt one of the stupid sausage makers at Shoprite/Checkers because clearly your brains have been through the mincer or why else would you make such a stupid comment.All wekkas disregard safety rules and equipment until something happens and then they look for someone else to blame.Typical....

      Jonathan - 2010-12-20 15:06

      Peter just ignore Smegma for brains!!!

      Mikemcc - 2010-12-20 17:37

      Contravention of safety laws as laid out by OHSA IS grounds for dismissal and is used fairly often. In your hypothetical case for the guards being missing, if there is no proof that the employee was properly trained to use the machine and found competent or if there is no proof that he removed the guards the company is going to take the fall for it.

  • siphosonke.ndlovu - 2010-12-20 13:56

    Typical South Africans!! This appears to be an accident, likely to be a human error... Now people are taking it too far, racial under tones, prejudice! Pilots do make mistakes as well, regardless of their top notch training.....

      shaunbotsis - 2010-12-20 16:29

      agreed. it was a mistake. The guy that dided wasnt planning to get "minced", and his employer didnt want him to be injured either. This was an accident - "an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap" Cant blame anyone until you know the exact details of what lead the guy to his unfortunate death.

      MK - 2010-12-20 19:04

      Probably the two most sensible, objective comments of the lot. It happenned in my factory several years ago, after numerous written warnings to staff. Fortunately no one was killed. Dept of Labour inspected and found the Employee to be at fault.

  • Smanga - 2010-12-20 14:16

    revenge of the cows/lambs ...

      Peter - 2010-12-20 14:45

      Another stupid comment from a stupid person(read "Idiot")

  • Petro Barnet - 2010-12-20 15:05

    I feel sorry for his family who lost a loved one so close to Christmas!

  • Petro Barnet - 2010-12-20 15:08

    And maybe all of you should remember that we are talking about a person who died. Someone's brother, father or son! Why do people always have to depate matters that does not concern them.

      Amanda Coulson - 2010-12-20 16:01

      because at the end of the day it effects everyone!!!

  • chantal de pierres - 2010-12-20 16:56

    Most companies in SA and the world, feel that money spent on Health and Safety is a waste as it reduces the bottom line, let us hope that every other employer hires a competent OSH manager today.

      Mikemcc - 2010-12-20 17:44

      The focus on having competent safety managers to "cover their ass" is sometimes half the problem. The process of making sure safety actually works starts in the appointment of the right worker and ends when they have been trained and tested rigorously against industry safety standards. In most places competency is merely a paper exercise designed to keep the employer out of jail. The current restrictive labour laws fuel this by making it fairly difficult to dismiss anyone that does not meet the required standards even after exhaustive and expensive training.

  • Roy - 2010-12-20 23:49

    Eeeew!! I'm thinking of becoming a vegetarian....New Year's resolution!!

  • Anthony - 2010-12-21 01:05

    It is only a matter of time, i worked for a company which had to do work for a Checkers ware house, i had to do a safety audit, i refused as the ware house should have been closed down, i reported it to Dept of Labour, they told me to not bother them, I feel sorry for the family on their loss, Checkers need to wake up as they have no safety standerds in place

  • Chloe - 2010-12-21 09:26

    Now what on earth does casualisation and labour working have to do with a guy who dies in a grinder? WHAT on earth is two week casual doing on such a dangerous machine? Checkers messed it up. Surely those machines should be used only by very experienced "old" hands! But to throw the baby out with the bathwater with this last statement re. casualisation is ridiculous. How would you want all the people to live in this country. If you remove casual labour, industry will die. Honest to G-d the nonsense thrown in everywhere is staggering and putting a new person on a meat grinder is even more staggering.

  • Doug - 2010-12-21 13:30

    Don't know what really happened so it is difficult to comment. Condolences to the family. Worked on the mines for many years. The fatals, serious accidents were because the wekkers did not follow laid down policies and procedures.

  • Alan - 2010-12-21 23:27

    My sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. More often than not employees (casual or otherwise) do NOT adhere to safety policies, procedures and regukations. Whilst it is easy & quick to make reference to the OSH Act, even trained staff have a tendency to take short cuts in dangerous situations. Accidents are unplanned events but they are caused by ommission or negligence on the part of employees. I do not believe that Shoprite is innocent in this particular incident but watch how the blame will be shifted to the deceased as he is not here to state his case. Lets be objective about this although, I believe that there is good reason to believe that the machine was not well guarded because the Labour Dept. would not have stopped any further work being done on that particular machine. Prelim investigations would have shown the integrity and guarding of the machine to be adequate for the continuation of the use of that particular machine. If the man worked from a crate because he was short, then ergonomics come into paly for which the employer must face the brunt of the issue. May the poor man rest in peace.

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