Tank death: Management may be prosecuted

The Labour Dept says management at the filling station can be prosecuted.

Paramedics on the scene at a filling station in Boksburg where two men who fell into a petrol tank in October. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Labour Department says it has recommended management at a Boksburg filling station be prosecuted following the death of a man who fell into an underground petrol tank.

The Malawian national and a friend were hired to clean the tanks six days ago and both fell down the manhole.

The department's Mishack Magakwe says the pair were not trained or provided with any protective gear when they started working.

"The department is investigating the incident to establish the cause. If we find that there were things that were neglected, we are going to recommend prosecution."

According to an emergency worker, both workers were "overcome by diesel fumes" and were not wearing protective gear.

The Malawian national had only arrived in South Africa two weeks before the accident.

He died during his first day on the job.

His colleague survived and was taken to the Tambo Memorial Hospital in Boksburg and remains in critical condition.