Worker dies after falling off bakkie

2012-04-26 16:31

Johannesburg - A construction worker died after falling from the back of a moving bakkie in Benoni on Thursday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said the man allegedly attempted to jump onto the load bed of the bakkie while it was moving and fell onto the road.

"The man had sustained a suspected head injury as well as suspected back and neck injuries. The patient was not breathing and had no pulse," said Visser.

"Paramedics initiated resuscitation efforts on the man, but to no avail as he was later declared dead at the scene."

Visser said co-workers loaded the injured man onto the back of the bakkie to try to catch another ambulance that had just passed by, but were unable to catch up.

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-04-26 16:40

    Cars are toys...arent they? i mean...the Rules of the Road has stopped being taught since the ANC took classes in school, were obviously a complete waste of time...and the road is there for pedestrians to walk across when they like without looking, and people can behave like animals at the back of moving bakkies and hanging out taxi windows... common sense isnt that common after all...I see a Darwin Award here

      Luvo - 2012-04-27 08:34

      Peter-Peter oh Peter-Peter can you for once leave the damn ANC out of this. They are talking about an incident whereby a negligent construction worker died trying to board a moving vehicle for Pete's sake. Now where does any political party fit in there, Peter-Peter????

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-05 15:29

      @luvo.luvos, your anc gov officials are to busy filling their pockets rather than implementing proper road safety rules. People should not be travelling in back of bakkies or trucks etc, taxis shouldn't be overloaded, and not forgetting bluelight menace.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-26 17:00

    We were driving behind a bakkie the other day which had people on the back. The one guy was sitting on the side. If the bakkie had gone over the slightest bump in the road that fellow would have been under our car! People think they are superman and can't die.

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-04-26 17:03

    Eish!! That thing does not make nice! What race invented that thing?

      Luvo - 2012-04-27 09:21

      Advice little Jonny Lee - Get your head out of your butt and maybe you'll know the answer to your question..

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-04-26 17:16

    All these cynical comments. Rest is peace dude

  • JeanneB - 2012-04-26 17:24

    "co-workers loaded the injured man onto the back of the bakkie to try to catch another ambulance that had just passed by"... Errr... never mind not moving a person that may have a spinal injury...

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 21:03

    Well you shouldn't be on the back of a bakkie in any case!

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-26 22:28

    I understand the desperation of this man who needed money and an opportunity to gains some. I also see on a daily basis how men take unnecessary and unlawful risks to do their jobs. It has to do with unemployment and the fact that many employers simply don't care. Each time I drive behind a bakkie overloaded with men desperate for work. I look at each one of them and offer a prayer for their safety. I also think that each of these men will vote for the ANC, and then I despair with them. The ANC doesn't care about their desperation, they only care about their exploitation. So tragic.

  • Rohin - 2012-04-26 23:47

    take a chill pill people. I have no doubt these people sitting at the back of the bakkies would rather be sitting in the comfort of a car, not having to be in the cold, in the rain. If that's the only way they can get to work, or if their boss gives them no option - what are they to do. this is a case of a freak accident. have a heart. someone has lost their father/husband/son.

      SaleƩ - 2012-04-27 00:00

      Thank you, Rohin. There's hope for us, after all. Love ya :-)

  • Sylvia - 2012-04-27 07:52

    It seems that life is cheap in Africa. Nobody should be transported on the back of a bakkie, that's why there are no seatbelts there! I see this every day on our roads, and it always troubles me greatly.

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