Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Major platinum miner Lonmin has confirmed that an employee, Silver S. Cossa, died as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident at one of its shafts on Tuesday morning, 19 May 2015.

The incident occurred at Hossy shaft in Lonmin’s Bushveld complex. A full investigation is underway.

CEO Ben Magara, says: “I am sure everyone at Lonmin shares my distress at the loss of a colleague under such circumstances: a life cut tragically short and a family left to grieve.

“We are in the process of examining the scene to determine the cause of the accident and we are working with unions and the Department of Mineral Resources to get to the bottom of exactly what led to this incident.”

Magara adds: “Our last fatality was over 18 months ago and we recently passed ten million underground fatality free shifts at Marikana. We continue to believe that that zero harm is achievable.

“On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Board, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, fellow crew members and friends of our colleague.”

The family of Cossa has been informed and is being supported.

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