Worker dies after falling from fifth floor

20 March 2018 | Accidents

A male construction worker fell five floors to his death yesterday morning while carrying out work at the NamWater headquarters in Windhoek.

The incident happened at around 11:00.

According to witnesses, the man was not wearing safety gear at the time.

This could not be independently verified yesterday.

The man was employed by a company subcontracted to do work at the NamWater building.

NamWater spokesperson John Shigwedha confirmed the death of the worker, who is believed to be 32 years old.

“NamWater regrets the accident and wishes to extend its condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Shigwedha.

An investigation into the incident was under way, the police said.

One of the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that safety standards were disregarded.

“This is unfortunate. This must serve as a wake-up call,” the witness said.

When Namibian Sun visited the crime scene yesterday, some workers were seen without safety gear.

The general secretary of the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU), Justine Jonas-Emvula, said she was deeply disturbed at the way construction workers were being treated.

She urged the government to monitor how companies treat their labourers before granting them contracts.

“It is painful to see people die in such careless and unnecessary manner. This should have been prevented, construction workers are not dogs or chickens and their lives matter too.

“The nature of Namibians always running after money and not considering the lives of workers must come to an end,” she said.


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