A construction worker was buried alive at the site of the new Mantsopa Hospital in Ladybrand in the Free State, says the department of labour.
“The construction worker was busy working inside a three metre trench taking measurements of the soil levels when excavated sand fell on [him] killing him instantly,” said spokesman Wisane Mavasa on Thursday.
Construction companies Group Five and Tshepo ya Rona were the constructors.
The department’s inspectors have banned all excavation work at the site and are investigating the incident, Mavasa said.
“The department of labour urges all employers and employees to ensure that work places comply with the regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.”
The minister, Midlred Oliphant, sent her condolences to the worker’s family.