Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM —25 August 2009 – South Africa’s Harmony Gold Mining Company “’ the world’s fifth-biggest producer of the metal”’ has announced the suspension of operations at its Doornkop plant, following a fatal accident.
A company announcement released here revealed that the worker had died after an accident at the plant’s conveyor belt.
Spokeswoman Esha Brijmohan told Reuters that the company management and officials of the Department of Minerals and Energy were investigating the cause of the accident, and that work at the plant had been temporarily suspended. She said operations could resume within a day.
Harmony CEO Graham Briggs said: “We express our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. Doornkop plant has had an excellent safety record, and has been fatality-free since April 2006, prior to this unfortunate incident. We have rolled-out effective behavior-based safety programmes at all operations, but we will continue doing more to improve safety throughout the company,” he added.