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Platinum mine deaths rise sharply

Workers underground
at Anglo American
Platinum’s Rustenburg
Johannesburg, South Africa — 21 June 2012 – The total number of deaths as a result of mine accidents in South Africa during the first five months of the year came to 48‚ presumably because of a 29% increase in fatalities on the country’s platinum mines.

Quoting head of trade union Solidarity’s occupational health and safety division Paul Mardon, Fin24 reported that 46 miners had died during the corresponding period in 2011.

“While it was good news that the number of mine deaths on gold and coal mines had dropped by 32% and 14% respectively during the first five months of the year‚ it was disturbing that the number of deaths on platinum mines had increased by 29% during this period‚” Mardon said.

He added that more than 75% of the fatal accidents reported in the first five months of 2012 had occurred in North West Province‚ Gauteng and Limpopo.

“In North West‚ 13 miners have already died this year‚ while 11 and 10 fatal accidents have been recorded in Gauteng and Limpopo respectively‚” Mardon said.

Ground falls had contributed to 29% of the past five months’ mining fatalities.

“General accidents‚ which among others include falling objects and gas explosions‚ contributed to 11 deaths‚” Mardon revealed.

Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.