Quarry wall collapses onto girl

2011-12-09 13:11

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police warned the public on Friday not to play or work in abandoned mines and quarries, after a girl died when a quarry wall caved in on her in Elandslaagte.

"The 13-year-old was collecting coal dust, which is compacted into coal bricks and then used as a fuel source at home," Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

The wall collapsed on Saturday and the girl, Zanele Mchunu, suffered fatal injuries. Mdunge warned people these areas could be very dangerous.

"Remember you do not possess the specialised training of a miner and therefore you do not know whether the items you are removing will destabilise the area and cause a collapse of walls or a rockfall.

"These areas could also sometimes produce dangerous gases which could be hazardous to your health or could be highly flammable," warned Mdunge.

  • MSGRule - 2011-12-09 13:35

    Where are the parents? Does one let your children just play whereever they like away from home. these are nto pets they are people. YOu can't let them loose and hope or not that they come back. Why didn't the "warning" police not close off the area.

      Karl - 2011-12-09 14:24

      Sheesh dude, wouldn't like to be your children, when I was 13 I was off playing in the quarry next to my house! It was just an unfortunate accident! The police however should close off the area though!

      Ron - 2011-12-09 14:49

      She was not playing, the parents send them off to collect coal dust for fuel, or sometimes wood. its more like they are forced to do these things. Now even the babies have to endure sitting in the sun with the parents begging for money at traffic lights.

  • Zion - 2011-12-09 14:34

    There are regulations which require the management of disused mines and quarries to effectively barricade all entry points to such areas. The areas must be visited regularly by a competent person to assess the safety aspects of the area.etc, etc, For interest sake: All trenches shall be shored in such a manner to prevent the ground collapsing on the workers. This regulation is applicable especially where sandy ground is encountered. Looks like the parents of the deceased girl have a valid case if they could trace the final owners of the working area.

  • Rainbow - 2011-12-09 14:36

    Wishing the little girl a speedy recovery.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-12-09 15:06

      Sorry to inform you, but according to the article the injuries were fatal.

      Ken - 2012-01-27 19:25

      The little girl was killed.

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