Employee suffocates in Epol silo

The Labour Department was investigating the death of an employee at pet food manufacturer Epol’s plant in...

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The Labour Department was investigating the death of an employee at pet food manufacturer Epol’s plant in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Pretoria West.

The 27-year-old worker fell into a silo on Monday and died of suffocation.

His body was found after a five hour search.

The department served Epol with a prohibition notice, which would be enforced until the investigation was completed.

This meant that no one would be able to enter any of the pet food manufacturer’s silos at the plant unless they were wearing protective gear and had adequate training.

Labour inspectors were investigating whether the company had broken any of the occupational health and safety laws.

Once completed, their report would be sent to the department’s chief safety inspector and the National Director of Prosecutions for a decision.