Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 September 2009 – Another two mineworkers have lost their lives in separate accidents which occurred in the Witwatersrand area.
Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) has announced that, following a methane explosion last week, one of its employees “’ a scraper winch operator “’ passed away in hospital last night
Revealing this in a statement here, Implats said that another two employees had been injured in the incident, and were in a critical condition in hospital.
The statement added that the incident took place in the conventional mining section at No 14 Shaft at Implats’ Rustenburg operations last Wednesday. At this stage the cause of the explosion had not been determined. All operations had been suspended at 14 Shaft, and Implats management and the DMR were currently investigating the incident.
In another announcement, AngloGold Ashanti “’ the world’s third biggest gold producer “’ said that a worker had been killed at the company’s Great Noligwa mine during drilling operations.
The company added that another worker had sustained minor injuries during the accident.
AngloGold Ashanti spokeswoman Julia Schoeman said she could not immediately say if operations at the mine had been suspended.
Last year 168 workers died in South African mines, down 24% from the previous year. So far this year more than 120 miners have died in various incidents.