Labour Dept probes construction worker?s death


Edwin Tshivhidzo

The Department of Labour has instituted investigations into circumstances surrounding the death of construction worker in the North West.

Emmanuel Okakanyeng (40) died last week, after falling from the mudguard of a tractor he was traveling on.

At the time of his death, Mr Okakanyeng was employed by Partikon for a road construction project at Cokonyane village in Taung in the North West. The company is involved in the provincial Expanded Public Works Programme.

Public Works MEC Howard Yawa has since conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.

The MEC also welcomed investigations by both the Department of Labour and the South African Police Service (SAPS) into circumstances surrounding the death.

He called on contractors to ensure safety at construction sites to prevent accidents of this nature.

In the interim, the Department of Labour has instructed the contactor to prohibit passengers on tractors and to pay attention to safety measures on construction vehicles.

Once the investigations are complete, the Department will hand over its findings and recommendations to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

The Department may recommend prosecution should the findings reveal that there was negligence on the part of the employer.