Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Paarl Print incident probe by Labour Department

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 February 2010

The Department of Labour will conduct a formal public inquiry into the tragic fire incident which killed 13 employees at Paarl Print on 17 April 2009.

Departmental spokesperson Temba Gubula says after all other avenues have been exhausted, the matter now constitutes a formal inquiry in terms of Section 32 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

“The investigation will take form of a public participation where everyone who was involved in the fire will participate. Legal representative from workers side, employer’s side and the Department of Labours side will present evidence.

“The main objection is to get to the bottom of this and to find the person who was responsible for that unfortunate incident and that person must be held accountable,” said Temba Gubula.

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