arcelormittalFin24 reports that the bodies of three missing employees of ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) have been recovered, the company confirmed on Thursday.

All three employees succumbed to injuries sustained in an incident at the company's Vanderbijlpark Works on Wednesday morning. A portion of a 90 metre stack at one of the operation's coke batteries failed and fell onto the coke battery control room in which the three employees were working.  The company has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident. All relevant authorities have been notified and have been on site. The company said it would cooperate fully with their investigations.  Willie Venter of trade union Solidarity claimed that this was the third incident of its kind at Amsa’s Vanderbijlpark plant during the past 12 months. In his view, the latest occurrence "casts suspicion on the integrity of the buildings and structures of this aged plant". Solidarity urged the company not to limit its investigation to this particular incident but to also include other similar events that have taken place at its operations.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) called on the Department of Employment and Labour to embark on "a detailed and thorough investigation" into the cause of the incident.  The union also accused the company of "dragging its feet" with the rescue operation.  But, the company said it had briefed Numsa throughout the rescue operation.

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