CORRECTION: Worker's arm severed by concrete mixer

14 Mar 2016 19:50pm

WALVIS BAY, 14 MAR (NAMPA) - A worker employed by the Chinese company constructing the container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay now faces life without his right arm.
Mundele Kambinda’s arm was severed by a concrete mixer on Sunday, and is now admitted in the Walvis Bay State Hospital.
The 24-year-old worker is employed by China Harbour and Engineering Company (CHEC).
Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed the incident on Monday, saying: “The next of kin took the remains of his arm after they were informed of the accident”.
A response from the company on Monday confirmed the incident.
“We can confirm that an accident occurred on our site yesterday (Sunday) at around 11h30 when one of our workers, Mr Kambinda, who was on a routine maintenance assignment lost his right arm,” Communications and Public Relations Strategist Usi Ortwin//Hoebeb said.
According to //Hoebeb, an internal investigation into the matter was launched to ascertain what may have caused the accident and to ensure that relevant learning is enforced and actions are taken to prevent such accidents.
He said a joint investigation between the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation and the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) is scheduled to start this week.
“CHEC is committed to ensuring that Mr Kambinda receives the best medical attention and wishes him a speedy recovery.”
The container terminal project is construction at a cost of over N.dollars 1 billion and commenced on 19 May 2014.
It is expected to be completed by 18 May 2017.
Currently, there are more than 126 Namibians employed on the project and the number is expected to reach 700 by 2017.
There are 260 Chinese nationals employed on the project, mostly on management level.