Three mine workers died in separate accidents last week, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.
One worker died on Friday morning at Impala Platinum in Rustenburg, North West.
“The worker died after inhaling noxious gases in an old disused working place which the mine had planned to use as a raiseboring site,” said NUM health and safety chairman Peter Bailey.
“This comes on the footsteps of two separate fatalities that took place last Thursday when a team leader was run over by a guardhopper at Goldfields’ Beatrix Mine in the Free State at 3pm.
“Earlier in the day, another worker died at Harmony’s Kusasalethu (formerly Elandsrand mine) when a skip was dislodged and fell down the shaft killing a rigger, Mr Jackson Morena.” Harmony’s chief executive Graham Briggs confirmed the accident at the Carletonville mine and expressed his condolences to Morena’s family.
Bailey called for improved safety on mines.
“This is a tragedy unfolding in the mines, it is a tragedy of maximum proportions,” he said.
“If this is what the industry calls improved safety, then they are heartless and need prosecution.”