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Three dead and 12 injured at Zincor

Sipho Nkosi, CEO,
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 10 September 2009 – Diversified South African-based resources company Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro) has confirmed that three contractors died and 12 others were injured in this morning’s accident at its Zincor refinery in Springs.

A Exxaro statement issued here revealed that preliminary information showed that an explosion had occurred in the maintenance contractors’ storage area situated near the plant. The accident had happened while contractors were gathered and being briefed before work started. Five of the injured had been admitted to hospital, and two of them, had since been discharged. A further seven workers had been treated for minor injuries on site.  

The statement gave the names of the deceased as: Thabo Kolantso, Samuel Radebe and July Taba. It added: “We are monitoring the recovery of the injured. The safety of everyone on our sites remains our number one priority and we will continue efforts to achieve zero safety incidents,” said CEO Sipho Nkosi.

The scene of the accident has been secured and contractors and employees involved are receiving counselling and support. Mr Nkosi and senior Exxaro management visited the site this morning to assess the situation and offer support.

“Operations at Zincor are suspended today to allow for investigations to take place, as well as the full restoration of electricity supply which was damaged in the incident. Management will take a decision on restarting activities by tomorrow,” the statement added.