Sasol blast probe to resume on 30 January

23 January 2006 15:03  [Source: ICIS news]

JOHANNESBURG (ICIS news)--The official investigation into the 2004 blast at South African energy and chemical firm Sasol’s ethylene plant at Secunda will resume on 30 January, a leading trade union said on Monday.

“Solidarity and Sasol have been in discussions during the past few months on the issue of additional compensation to victims of the blast," the Solidarity trade union said. "The discussions have been constructive but the issue is at a sensitive stage.”

The September 2004 blast at Secunda killed 10 workers, injured more than 300 workers and disrupted the firm's supplies of ethylene to major local clients such as Dow and Nampak. The Department of Labour is conducting the investigation into the causes of the accident which prompted Sasol to hire US-headquartered DuPont to implement a major review of its safety procedures.

The labour department has said it is looking into Sasol’s policies regarding contractors doing work and operating on Sasol premises, policies and procedures regarding shutdown periods.

By: Steve Swindells
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