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Manager crushed to death by pile of sugar
By LINDA JELE - THE SWAZI TIMES-11-Sep-2009
MATSAPHA – A factory manager died tragically after he was crushed by three tonnes of sugar stored in large pellets yesterday.
A sugar pellet is a packet of sugar, which weighs about one tonne each. It is a packet of one kilogram of sugar packed together.
Manager of MP Food Processing, Stan De Beer* (not his real name as his next of kin was yet to be informed yesterday) was crushed by a pile of three, one tonne sugar pellets, which were packed inside the factory yesterday and died on the spot. The incident is said to have happened at around 4.15pm.
According to one of the managers, who witnessed the incident, De Beer was going about his duties when the pile fell ending his life. Some of his bones were crushed and this was even more evident when Dups Funeral Parlour employees and police officers lifted the body.
The factory’s employees were gathered in a group and stood by watching, visibly traumatised by the incident. Some of them could not even control their emotions as they cried. The company’s attorney Sikhumbuzo Simelane said the manager was originally from the Free State in South Africa. He said in Swaziland, he was staying at Tubungu Estates, with his wife and son.
Simelane said he received a call from the factory’s Managing Director who resides in South Africa to rush to the factory after the incident. He said the Managing Director would arrive today in the country. “We are at a loss for words after his sudden death. A post mortem is yet to be conducted to verify the cause of death and inform his relatives most of who stay in South Africa,” he said.
One of the managers, who declined to reveal his name, said they were shocked by the incident. He however said, operations would continue as normal, at least until the arrival of the factory’s Managing Director today. Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said police were investigating the circumstances leading to the death of the manager.
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