The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (Numsa) wants a total shutdown at Fortune Steel in Ekhurhuleni where seven workers were hurt in an explosion over the weekend.
The scrap smelting firm, part of an Indian-based steel company, allegedly refused to call an ambulance to transport injured workers and instead chose to move them in private vehicles.
Speaking to Thembekile Mrototo on The Midday Report, Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said they have not had any response from management and are trying to put pressure on the Department of Labour to shut down the workplace.
In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, if there is an incident of this nature such as occurred on Saturday evening, where there is an explosion which occurred at the firm, that company cannot just simply carry on with business as usual.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, Numsa spokesperson
They have a duty to report the incident and for the Department of labour to send its inspectors there and guarantee that the workplace is actually safe.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, Numsa spokesperson
She adds that the company has not followed that process and simply carried on working.
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