BREAKING: ArcelorMittal South Africa this morning confirmed in a statement that there has been an incident at its Vanderbijlpark Works which has resulted in three employees currently being unaccounted for. Spokesperson, Tami Didiza, said in a statement that a portion of a 90m stack at one of the operation’s coke batteries failed in the early hours of this morning – Wednesday, 17 February 2021 – and fell onto the coke battery control room in which the three employees were working. At around 10:00, Didiza said search and rescue teams were on-site and all efforts are focused on finding the missing employees. The cause of the incident is not known at this stage, but the company has launched a full investigation. She said all relevant authorities have been notified and the company will provide its full support to their investigations. The company has reached out to the families of the employees and will offer the necessary assistance. Amsa CEO Kobus Verster said the safety of their employees and contractors remains their primary concern, and their focus now is on the search for their employees and giving support to their families and colleagues. Amsa said the area has been made safe, however, the battery has been damaged by the incident and will likely be out for repairs once the extent of the damage has been determined. Verster said a full investigation will follow to understand what happened and avoid anything like this from happening in the future.
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