Man dies after falling 6m

2012-04-19 09:30

Johannesburg - A man has been killed after falling six metres at a construction site in Westville, Durban, paramedics said on Thursday.

The man, a construction worker, died late Wednesday evening, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha in a statement.

"Exact detail to the cause of the man falling will remain a subject for the department of labour to investigate," said Botha.

Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the man unresponsive and in a critical condition. He died on the scene from injuries sustained.

  • Muofhe - 2012-04-19 09:54

    may his soul rest in peace!

      JJ - 2012-04-19 11:23

      You're a worthless sack of bones Anthro45, have some respect!! RIP

      Marion - 2012-04-19 11:58

      May he RIP. @anthro45 - looks like you're the only one who enjoys your pathetic attempt at a joke. Someone died here. Show some compassion.

      dumisiledee - 2012-04-19 12:21

      May his soul rest in peace @anthro45 a man lost his life and all you can come up with is stupid dry humor.

  • Kala - 2012-04-19 10:05

    We recently had the roof over our warehouse redone recently. I notice that those working on the roof would religiously put their safety harnesses on each day before climbing on the roof. What was perplexing is that they did not attach the harnesses to anything. Now should one of them have fallen from the roof, I have no doubt that they would be bellowing for management's blood and then compensation.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-19 12:38

      The problem is that we only abide to safety regulations in order to appease somebody else and to not get in trouble. That's why you'll find that people on oil rigs and refineries are always very safe because they are closely guarded. However as soon as you get a contractor to do your house roof the safety side of things becomes slack because nobody is watching them closely. As human beings we always believe that it won't happen to us. And then it does and we die.

  • Warren - 2012-04-19 10:48

    I think one of the biggest issues safety in the work place faces is complacency: you become so comfortable with where you are that you dont think about what is going on. Ultimately if this is the case then the Safety officer would be responsible. Recreational rock climbing sees similar things happening from time to time. Sorry to hear of this, lets hope that the death isn't in vain.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-19 10:58

    Hook up at any height above 2m. This rule should be enforced in every industry.

      Kala - 2012-04-19 11:57

      I have a friend who is a safety officer on offshore oil rigs and even ladders above 2m in height have to have safety harness attachments.

      Marion - 2012-04-19 12:01

      Gcwabe, and in every private house where work is being done on the roof by 'independent' contractors.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-19 12:45

      @Marion. Yep. The problem is two-fold here. 1.The average house owner is only concerned about how quick the guys can do the job, and will probably never say anything even when he/she can see that the guys are working unsafely. 2. Many independent contractors also see safety as more of a nuisance than anything. I've seen this quite a lot in my limited experience. As soon as you impose safety standards on contractors they moan about you being too demanding and holding the job back.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-19 11:34

    If this were to happen at a mine, the Department of Mineral Resources would suspend their operations, and criminal charges against the manager would be considered. Since this incident occurred in the construction sector, the Occupational Health and Safety Act applies, and there is little chance of any serious action being taken.

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