Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 28 October 2008 – Another mine death at Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) has resulted in the mine being shut down as well as a strongly worded trade union statement calling for the company to investigate safety at all of its mines.
Angloplat – the top platinum producer in the world – has revealed that a miner has been killed at its Turffontein mine outside Rustenburg It added that the mine had been shut down for investigations.
“The incident was caused by an underground electrocution on Sunday night,” and a full investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident,” said Angloplat spokesman Simon Tebele. “There is no production at the shaft,” he added.
The news agency reports that is unclear when the shaft – which was closed in the earlier part of this year for safety repairs, leading to a decline in output at Rustenburg – would resume operations.
Meanwhile trade union Solidarity has issued a warning to Angloplat to investigate mining safety at the company’s mines, following the death this week of the 16th company worker this year.
More than 11% of this year’s mining deaths have occurred at Anglo Platinum mines, which is great cause for concern for Solidarity,” said union spokesman Jaco Kleynhans. “Mine management can no longer just look on while people die, and must therefore immediately look into the worrying safety conditions at Anglo Platinum and take decisive action to manage the raging safety crisis,” he insisted.
Rustenburg, which has numerous shafts, produced 282 600 equivalent refined platinum ounces in the half year to the end of June 2008.
Reuters reports that South Africa has a bad mine safety record, and points out that close to140 workers have died at mines this year, compared to 221 last year and 200 in the year before.