AMSA confirms death of three employees after Vanderbijlpark Works stack collapse

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Steel company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed that the bodies of three missing employees have been recovered. All three having succumbed to injuries sustained in an incident at the company’s Vanderbijlpark Works on the morning of February 17.

The incident entailed a portion of a 90 m stack at one of the operation’s coke batteries failing and falling onto the coke battery control room in which the three employees were working.

“On behalf of the AMSA board, management and employees, our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go to the families and colleagues of the deceased,” CEO Kobus Verster said in a statement on February 18.

The families of the employees have been informed and are receiving the necessary support from the company.

“We are extremely grateful to our own qualified emergency personnel. He arrived on site immediately after the incident occurred and worked through the day and night to complete the recovery operation with the support of local emergency services,” added Verster.

The company has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident. All relevant authorities have been notified and have been on site.

The company said it would cooperate fully with their investigations.

“The safety of our employees and contractors remains our primary concern. This is an absolute tragedy, and we will do a full and thorough investigation to understand what happened so that we can avoid anything like this from happening again at AMSA,” said Verster.

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