Impala hero
Gabriel Letageng
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 07 March, 2008 – Gabriel Letageng – a 35-year-old boilermaker at Impala Platinum Limited in Rustenburg – recently saved the lives of two of his fellow employees at the company’s concentrator at Mineral Processes.

A company news release issued today says that while Gabriel was inspecting repairs to a tank he smelt fumes and discovered that one of the two contractors doing the work had lost consciousness inside the tank. The other contractor was attempting to rescue his fellow worker, but was struggling to breathe.

Gabriel pulled the first man out of the tank, according to the release. He then inserted an air hose to ensure proper ventilation before entering and rescuing the second man. Both men were treated for inhalation and have fully recovered.

Executive Director: Rustenburg Operations Shadwick Bessit said: “We are proud to have Gabriel as a member of our team. His quick response and appropriate action saved the lives of these contractors. This event highlights the value of following the correct procedures in the workplace at all times.”

The contracting company doing the rubber lining was dismissed for not following the safety procedures of first completing an entry permit and, secondly, ventilating the tank.

Safety is Implats’ number one priority, the statement adds. Leadership remains the key issue and as such Implats continues to focus on visibly-felt leadership with a high emphasis on training.

At Impala Rustenburg, five shafts achieved one million fatality-free shifts during 2007.