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Department lifts ban on one of Assmang’s Ill-fated furnaces

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 13:59

Labour Inspectors in KwaZulu-Natal have revoked the prohibition notice for one of the six Assmang plant furnaces largely blamed for the horror blast earlier this year that resulted in the deaths of six workers and severe burn injuries to scores of others.

Released by Department of Labour on 07 April 2008

Labour Inspectors in KwaZulu-Natal have revoked the prohibition notice for one of the six Assmang plant furnaces largely blamed for the horror blast earlier this year that resulted in the deaths of six workers and severe burn injuries to scores of others.

The operations ban of all six furnaces at the plant in Cato Ridge was imposed shortly after the tragic accident on February 25.

 

The department has given the company the go ahead to switch in Furnace Number 5 after a meeting and tour of the plant between inspectors, company management and union representatives took place last week.The meeting was set-up to interrogate the two independent expert reports that were received by the department.Both the National Union of Metalworkers of SA(NUMSA) and the Company appointed experts’ reports made recommendations for the implementation of certain preventative measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of workers.These included amongst others the erection of blast proof walls, relocation of control rooms, additional monitoring equipment to be installed and additional and re-training of operators be conducted.

 

After a joint commitment and assurance that was declared in a signed letter by the company’s general manager, services manager, union representatives, health and safety reps and the chairperson of the health and safety committee, labour inspector’s then revoked the prohibition notice for furnace no. 5.The company has been reminded though that the prohibition to halt operations for furnaces 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 remained in force until revoked in writing by the department.





 

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