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newsNews24 reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has launched an investigation after two employees fell into a furnace and burnt to death at a Gqeberha steel plant on Tuesday.

The nightmare unfolded shortly after 13:00 when the police and emergency services were called to Agni Steels, formerly Coega Steels Limited, on the city's outskirts. Lizo Njamela, a local resident who worked as a dishwasher at the factory, died in the incident. The second deceased will only be identified after the company has notified his family. Two other men sustained burn wounds and were rushed to hospital. On Wednesday afternoon, police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said details surrounding the incident were sketchy. She said authorities had no idea whether an explosion had caused the men to fall into the furnace or whether something else had transpired. After the company alerted the DEL, inspectors were immediately sent to the site to start a preliminary investigation. They met with employer representatives, safety officers and a SAPS investigation team. The incident came almost three years after DEL inspectors issued a prohibition notice to the company when it was found to have flouted various health and safety regulations.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Candice Bezuidenhout at News24

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