Posted on: February 27, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. According to trade union Solidarity, South Africa’s mining deaths for 2009 has reached 30 following an incident at Anglo Platinum’s Waterval Smelter on the outskirts of Rustenberg.

A contract employee fell off a ladder while working on a smelter and sustained serious head injuries. He was hospitalised but later died from the severity of the injuries.

According to Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans, Anglo Platinum undertook extensive safety projects and managed to achieve good success with the projects. However, he noted that it is difficult to apply the same safety standard to contract workers.

Mr Kleynhans also added that there is a definite deficiency in mine safety programmes and should be handled well to improve the safety of everyone working at the mine, regardless of whether they were full time or contract employees. 

At the current rate, one mineworker dies every second day. The 30 deaths so far this year is in comparison to 168 in 2008 and 220 in 2007. 

Source: Mining Weekly