Construction worker dies after 9th floor plunge
The Labour Department is investigating the fatal injury of an Eastern Cape building construction worker who died after falling from a lift shaft in East London on Friday (Apr 25).
Released by Department of Labour on 29 April 2008
The Labour Department is investigating the fatal injury of an
Eastern Cape building construction worker who died after falling from a
lift shaft in East London on Friday (Apr 25).
According to reports, Fernando Chevoto was busy pouring concrete for
the form work at the 9th level of a hotel and apartment block site
adjacent to the Regent Hotel on the city’s beach front when he plunged
to the ground.
He died in the ambulance that was rushing him to hospital.
Labour inspectors immediately halted all construction work at the
site, and ordered the erection of safety guard rails along open areas.
But operations were later allowed after inspectors were satisfied that
all open areas and lift shaft has been suitably barricaded.
The department is currently investigating whether the employer was
fully compliant of Construction regulations and whether general
occupational health and safety procedures were followed at the time of
This incident happens while the province prepares to host this
year’s World Health and Safety Day on commemoration on May 9.
Organized by the Department and government’s social partners, the
annual event will be held in Port Elizabeth under the theme “Managing
risk in the work environment”, while its catch phrase “My life, my work
and safe work” aims to sensitize both employers and workers on
occupational health and safety in the workplace.