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Ohorongo cement worker dies in freak accident

Ohorongo cement worker dies in freak accident

Staff Reporter

A MAN tragically lost his life at the Ohorongo Cement factory in Tsumeb last week after he was pulled into the steel chain conveyor system while working on site. 


According to the accident report, a case of culpable homicide was registered on Friday, 29 November 2019, at 14:45 at the Ohorongo Cement premises after the 42-year-old Muthoko Shikongeni died when a colleague switched on the machine while he was working.


He sustained major injuries and was rushed to the Tsumeb Private Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 


FREAK ACCIDENT: picture for illustrative purposes only. Photo: Contributed


Ohorongo cement spokesperson, Frankleen Alberts, explained that the deceased, an employee of Niingo Steel and Carpentry, was doing structural steelwork in an area close to material conveying equipment, on which maintenance works were being performed.


“For reasons unknown at this stage, the deceased was pulled into the steel chain conveyor system when it started moving, resulting in him sustaining multiple injuries. He received immediate emergency medical care on site, and was transported to a private hospital with the onsite ambulance. He, however, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital,” Alberts said. 


He added that the Chief Inspector of Mines, and other relevant authorities, were informed of the incident, and all the relevant external stakeholders, including a representative of the Inspector of Mines, are already on site conducting a detailed investigation, which is still underway.


“Ohorongo Cement wishes to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family during this difficult time. The company will continue to do everything to ensure that the safety of all employees, contractors and visitors to the operation remains highest priority,” Alberts concluded.

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