Bricklayer injured on duty at Keetmanshoop

07 Aug 2013 09:50
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 AUG (NAMPA) - A bricklayer who was busy with the construction of a tuberculosis (TB) ward at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital sustained serious injuries when he fell from the building on Monday.
Severinus Amangulu is an employee of QE Civil and Building Contractors, the company responsible for the construction of the TB ward at this southern hospital.
Speaking to fellow employees who went to visit him in hospital on Tuesday, Amangulu speculated that he might have injured his spine as he could not sit or stand up.
“I do not know how I fell, I just found myself in this bed. The nurse injected me to help ease the pain because it was worse, especially last night,” he explained.
He also indicated that he was still waiting to be seen by a doctor.
Efforts to get more information on the exact nature of Amangulu’s injuries from the Principal Medical Officer (PMO) at the Keetmanshoop hospital, Mehluli Ndlovu, failed on Tuesday.
“I cannot confirm or deny anything on this matter. You are putting me in a very difficult position,” Ndlovu responded.
Approached for comment, QE Civil and Building Contractors' site agent Jacques Connan confirmed the incident, as well as that Amangulu fell from a five-metre high building.
He, however, refused to divulge any details about the employee’s injuries.
“I do not know if his spine is broken or not. What I do know is that he sustained back injuries.
He is being attended to in the hospital right now, while we are making plans to maybe transfer him to Windhoek for further medical attention,” Connan told Nampa.
He said the incident is still being investigated in order to determine how Amangulu fell, while medical examinations will show whether his spine is broken or not.
Asked whether the bricklayer was wearing a harness to protect him from falling, Connan responded that the job he was working on did not require him to wear a harness.
“He was working on a concrete platform, and that does not require him to wear a harness,” the site agent explained.