An­other worker hurt at FNB gig

Man re­cu­per­ates at a Joburg hospi­tal

Sowetan - - News - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

While SA is still shocked by the tragic death of a rig­ger at FNB Sta­dium, an­other per­son got in­jured on Mon­day. Siyabonga Ngonze died while rig­ging lights for the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val that took place on Sun­day. The sec­ond per­son sus­tained an an­kle in­jury while equip­ment was be­ing taken down. The man was taken to Mil­park Hospi­tal where he is re­cu­per­at­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Gear­house SA, the sec­ond in­ci­dent oc­curred when a speaker box on a forklift started to vi­brate dur­ing tran­sit. Gear­house SA na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager Robyn D’Alessan­dro said in a state­ment: “Un­for­tu­nately, the speaker was al­ready fall­ing and hit his an­kle as he stepped for­ward.” Ngonze, from the Eastern Cape, started work­ing for Gear­house in 2016 as a reg­u­lar free­lance rig­ger. Asked if Gear­house was com­ply­ing with safety stan­dards, D’Alessan­dro said: “Gear­house ad­heres to rig­or­ous in­ter­na­tional safety stan­dards and takes great pre­cau­tion to pre­vent this type of in­ci­dent. It has been in op­er­a­tion for 25 years, and to date this tragic in­ci­dent has been the only fa­tal­ity. “We are tak­ing the ac­ci­dent very se­ri­ously and are as­sist­ing the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties with a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” South African Road­ies As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Fred­die Ny­athela said peo­ple dy­ing and ex­ploita­tion of work­ers in the stage pro­duc­tion in­dus­try were caused by lack of reg­u­la­tion.

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