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Two construction workers die daily - Nxesi

The minister called on the construction industry to improve their health and safety measures.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi (R). Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday called on companies to improve their health and safety measures at construction sites.

The minister said far too many construction workers were dying on a daily basis.

Nxesi told companies from the private sector at a construction conference in Midrand that on average, two construction workers die on duty every day.

There are currently about 150,000 people employed in the industry, which is estimated to be worth R890 billion.

The minister said the number of deaths that occur daily were unacceptable.

"The safety of employees must be an absolute priority. It is unacceptable that on average, two South African construction workers die every day."

Last week, seven cleaners were injured after a lift malfunctioned in Parliament.

The incident is being investigated.