Posted on: September 10, 2008 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. A second mineworker has died at a South African mining operation since the weekend, bringing the total number of South African mine deaths this year to just under 120.

A worker died at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk coal mine outside Ellisras, in Limpopo, on Monday afternoon, when a conveyor belt structure had collapsed, trade union Solidarity reported in a media release.

Two contractors were also injured in the incident, and the Department of Minerals and Energy had started an investigation. The employee and two Afrimat colleagues were standing on the structure’s walkway when the accident happened.

“It is the second death in South African mines since management of mining companies and the DME discussed an encompassing action plan for mining safety,” commented Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans.

Kleynhans added that the implementation of safety action plans had to be done urgently to prevent the loss of more lives on South African mines and emphasised that the trade union supported the review of incentive schemes linked to production.

Source: Mining Weekly
By: Chanel Pringle
Published: 9 September 2008