The death of a worker at the Engen Refinery, south of Durban is
being investigated by Department of Labour inspectors.
Preliminary investigations into the horror incident have revealed
that the worker, employed as an operator by Capacity Labour Brokers,
was instantly killed after a slob tank that was being refilled with
Toluene chemical, allegedly exploded. At the time of the
explosion, the worker was on top of the tank, 5 metres above ground,
measuring the volume of the chemical that was being transferred into
The deceased was found to be wearing personal protective equipment,
a two piece overall, a hard hat and safety shoes at the time of
A follow-up and full scale investigation will be conducted by labour
inspectors once the reports from the SAPS, Fire Department and internal
investigation by Engen are finalized and submitted to the
department. The cause of the explosion is not yet
Meanwhile in two separate incidents, investigations are underway
regarding two fires that broke out at the Durban city centre over the
A prohibition notice was also served to contractors halting all
construction work at the North Pier in Durban harbour after a fire
gutted the north side of the old tunnel.
However, permission was granted for a temporary electrical
installation to be installed to pump out water from the tunnel in order
to avoid any flooding due to water leaks caused by fire damages to the
The second fire was at Bridgepark Industrial Complex at the corner
of Acutt Avenue and North Coast Road which gutted three companies on
Sunday morning. Southern Textile Trading, Branson Marketing and
Primedia were completely burnt down in the blaze.
In both instances, there were no injuries reported but the cause of
the fires is still being investigated.