By Confidente Reporter
A Chinese-owned company, New Era Investment has been given the all clear to resume work on the new police headquarters in Windhoek, Confidente has learnt. The site was shut down after two workers were killed on the job while several others were injured.
According to local media reports, 47 year-old Lukas Shaviyele died on the site early August when a metal scaffold pole fell from the fifth floor and hit him on the head while he was working on the second floor. Shaviyele’s wife was quoted saying that the company paid her N$13 400 for the funeral and an extra N$10 000. A second worker, Eric Ndayishimiye aged 21 also died when he was crushed by a steel construction lift.
Confirming the matter from Equatorial Guinea, Nampol Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga said that construction of the building resumed in August after the company corrected issues of safety. “I can confirm that the project resumed in August. It took time because reports had to be compiled following the death of two workers on site this year alone and other aspects of safety that had to be addressed,” Ndeitunga said. The company’s site representative, who preferred anonymity, said that the construction restarted on August 31 after Government through relevant authorities approved their reports especially on the issue of safety.
“We were inspected by various relevant authorities and we had to write reports on the incidents that happened on site as well as address the issue of safety, all that was approved and we started work on August 31,” the representative said.
According to local media reports, the labour ministry had asked the company to stop working until safety requirements had been met.
Subsequently, the company’s former safety officer, Phillip Manfred was quoted as saying that he had seen several serious incidents where some workers were injured. Manfred was further quoted saying that the company was not very keen on submitting accident reports to the labour commissioner.
The company’s general manager Eric Xu at the time however denied that their sites are not safe.
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