Government has given Sable Transport a 48 hour ultimatum in which it should provide protective clothing to workers engaged to construct the Kasama-Mporokoso road.
Community Development Mother and Child Health deputy minister Obious Chisala issued the ultimatum when he visited the site this morning.
ZANIS reports that Mr Chisala said he was very disappointed to find workers unpacking and offloading pockets of cement without wearing any protective clothing like gloves, safety boots, work suits and materials to cover their mouths.
He observed that workers subjected to such conditions were risking their lives hence the need for the company management to provide them with the necessary working materials.
And some of the worker talked to said they feared to report the matter to the authorities because each time they asked about the protective clothing they were threatened with dismissal by the management.
However, the site foreman Nyemba Fambilai has since assured the deputy minister that the management would ensure that it provides the protective clothing by Monday.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister who was visibly annoyed said he should find things in order with regard to the working condition of workers the next he visited the construction site.