A farm worker in Bapsfontein, on the East Rand has died after he landed underneath a grass cutter trying to escape a swarm of bees.
According to Athlenda Mathe of Netcare 911, the man was driving the tractor which was pulling the grass cutter around 1pm on Friday afternoon, Kempton Express reported.
“Reports from the scene indicate the farm worker was cutting grass when he was stung by a swarm of bees. He jumped off the tractor while it was still running.
“Sadly, while trying to run, the tractor ran over him. The man died before the arrival of paramedics and was declared dead on the scene,” Mathe.
This after South Africans were cautioned about the prevalence of bee attacks during this time of the year.
In January, a taxi driver and eight children, aged between five and seven, were stung by a swarm of bees on Putfontein Road in Benoni on the East Rand.
According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha, e taxi was travelling when a moving swarm of bees came through the windows and stung the eight children and driver. The taxi driver and one of the children were in a critical condition following the incident.
On the same week, ten people were injured and five dogs died after they were reportedly attacked by a swarm of bees and another of wasps in Polokwane, Limpopo. Several other pets were treated for numerous stings.
Here are some tips on what to do when faced by a bee attack:
- Run into a building that can be securely shut. If you encounter bees or wasps and are a long way from shelter, try to run through shrubs or brush to distract them.
- Protect your face as you run. Pull your shirt over your face or your arms but do not let this slow your running.
- Once you have escaped the swarm, remove any stingers from your skin as soon as possible and seek medical attention, especially if you develop hives, swelling around the throat or face, or have difficulty breathing.
– Caxton News Service