Workers must report unsafe workplaces


Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has called on workers to report violations of health and safety regulations at their workplaces to their nearest labour offices in a bid to prevent unnecessary mishaps.

Minister Mdladlana was reacting to the death of a worker at a Durban Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Company, which was gutted by fire on Friday.

According to the labour department, two workers were seriously injured and 28 escaped unhurt when Mamamia Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics caught fire at about 13:00 on Friday in North Coast Road.

"While it is incumbent upon employers to adhere to Occupational Health and Safety issues - workers themselves must take precautionary measures to ensure that their workplaces are safe, and must report any OHS violation to the nearest labour center or office," he said.

Preliminary investigations by the department uncovered that all emergency exits were accessible when the incident took place.

"However, inspectors were still working around the clock to determine the cause of fire," the department said.

Minister Mdladlana has since conveyed his sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

Source: Bua News