Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 28 April 2009 – Two mineworkers who had been trapped underground at Harmony Gold’s Tshepong mine in the Free State were found dead at the weekend.
A statement released here said the two men had died as a result of a fall of ground accident. Two other miners had been trapped underground, but had been brought safely to the surface.
Rescue teams, assisted by the Tshepong stoping teams, worked since the time of the accident to search for the two employees. A second entry of access was found yesterday morning, which expedited the search for the two men.
Harmony CEO Graham Briggs said: “We are deeply saddened that our rescue efforts resulted in the recovery of the two bodies. Our teams worked around the clock to find the two employees, and we remained optimistic that we would be able to rescue them.”
The company has not indicated how the incident would affect production levels.
The fall of ground incident at Tshepong was the third fatal accident at a Harmony mine in two weeks, after a contract worker had been electrocuted on April 14 at the company’s Target operation, and two workers had died on April 17 at the Evander mine.