Mdladlana grieving over Sasol explosion


Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has expressed sadness after the death of an eighth Sasol employee following a blast at the company's Secunda Plant two weeks ago.

Seven people died immediately after the blast and the eighth victim died yesterday at the Highveld Medi-Clinic in the nearby town of Leandra.

"I wish to extend my condolences to the family of the deceased and let them know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. I also wish to reiterate that a single workplace death is a death too many," he said.

About 43 people were injured as a result of the explosion that went off at Sasol's chemical ethylene plant and investigations are currently underway to determine what caused the blast.

The investigators are expected to give a preliminary report to the labour department tomorrow.

"This report will look at the sequence of events at the time of the blast, the gasses involved and questions of flammability and explosiveness," said the minister.

Mr Mdladlana said the report would be used as a basis to decide whether a formal inquiry would be instituted.

"Should a formal inquiry be held, it will then make a finding on the incident and recommend what actions should be taken and if necessary whether any prosecutions should take place," he added.

Labour department's Acting Director-General Dr Vanguard Mkosana visited the site of the explosion and some of the injured workers in hospital last Thursday.

Source: BuaNews