Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 07 September 2009 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited “’ the world’s third-largest gold producer “’ has suspended production at a section of its Mponeng underground mine in South Africa, following a fatal accident.
Confirming this here today, company spokesman Alan Fine said a worker had died in hospital yesterday, following injuries he sustained in a "fall of ground" or subsidence accident at the Mponeng mine the previous day.
“We are not carrying out any production in the area where the accident happened. There will be further investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident today,” Fine added. He could not immediately say how much output would be lost after the suspension of work where the accident took place.
South Africa “’ which has the world’s deepest mines “’ has one of the highest rates of work-related mining deaths in the industrialised world. Last year 168 workers died in mines, down 24% on the previous year. So far nearly 120 miners have died in South African mines this year.