Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 24 June 2009 – Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) – Africa’s second- largest gold miner – has confirmed that its Driefontein gold mine has resumed full production, following a weekend underground accident in which two mineworkers lost their lives.
A media release issued here said this followed the conclusion of the initial onsite investigation by mine management and the Safety Inspectorate of the Department of Minerals and Resources.
The mine was closed after five employees had been trapped underground after a fall of ground accident caused by a seismic event that measured 3.5 on the Richter scale.
The release added that two of the five trapped employees had lost their lives as a result of injuries sustained during the accident. Following a massive rescue operation in which approximately 200 rescue workers participated, the remaining three miners were rescued. The rescued miners are in a stable condition and recovering in hospital.
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland, said:“This accident strengthens our resolve not to mine if we cannot mine safely. We remain focused on eliminating all serious accidents on our mines.”
Caption, Pic 1: Gold Fields’ Driefontein mine.