Lethabo employee dies in explosion

Lethabo Powerstation. Photo: Zona Maree

An employee at the Lethabo Power Station in the Free State side of the Vaal Triangle died and another was seriously injured in a “major incident” on Wednesday afternoon (10 October), Eskom said in a media statement.

A resident of the area told Vaalweekblad he was about a kilometer away from the scene when he heard a loud noice that sounded like an explosion at Lethabo shortly after 15:00 yesterday afternoon.

Eskom said police officials were on the scene at Unit 5 and emergency response teams had been activated.

“The Department of Labour has been notified and Eskom executives are travelling to the site. As a result of the rupture of a mainsteam pipe, the unit is not operational. Operations continue on the other units.”

The employee’s next of kin were being informed but his identity has not yet been revealed to the media.

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends and we pray for the recovery of our injured colleague,” Eskom said.

  • Vaalweekblad & Ster will keep readers updated as soon as more information becomes available. Our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and we wish the injured employee a speedy recovery,


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