Saturday, 16 February 2013

Authorities closes factory after explosion in Cape Town

The explosion that occurred at approximately 16:00 on Wednesday 13 February 2013 killed a technician [Martin O’Connor] that work on a compressor inside the Atlas Gardens Industrial Park at Contermanskloof after it exploded.

Saji Thekkemalayil Chandrasekharaan that hails from India that was working at the factory was airlifted and rushed to the Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital whereafter he later died of his injuries.

Two other persons Brandon Pretorius and Jean Rossouw that sustained serious injuries whose lower extremities were amputated are critical and remain in the intensive care unit at Milnerton Medi-Clinic.

Yesterday the scene was still close-off as the Forensic Pathology Service of the Western Cape Government: Department of Health was still clearing the area as body parts were scattered around.

The authorities regard this accident in a serious light and assembled a team of specialists from the City of Cape Town; Department of Labour and the South African Police Services to investigate the matter.

After the joint inspection that was conducted by the authorities yesterday a prohibition order was issued to the management that the facility will be shut-down.

The explosion also resulted in significance structural damages to the building caused by the impact of the explosion rendered by the building structural unsound. The City’s building inspectorate has issued a Section 12 Notice in terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, Act 103 of 1977 that emergency repair work be undertaken making the area safe.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear and the factory can only be opened once the investigation is completed by the relevant authorities.


Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries:

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects & Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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