The Bakubung Platinum Mine has just announced its first-ever fatality on the project, which occurred on 17 October, when one of its contractors employed as a Jumbo Operator was fatally injured during the shaft sinking process at the mine.  From a preliminary investigation carried out immediately following the accident, the cause appears to have been a metal object which fell approximately 22 metres down the mine shaft, striking the contractor who was working at the bottom of the mine shaft.  At the time of the incident, the fatally injured contractor had been part of a team completing cleaning processes, loading broken rock at the bottom of the shaft and in the process of slinging a Jumbo Drill Rig.

Work on the shaft sinking operations on the main and ventilation shafts at the Bakubung Platinum Mine site has been temporarily stopped pending the outcome of the full investigation to determine the root causes of the incident, and the subsequent presentation to the Department of Mineral Resources.

The fatally injured contractor was 35 years old, a resident of Lesotho and had 11 years of service with the contracting company, working at the Bakubung Platinum Mine for the past 1 year and 11 months.  Condolences have been sent by the management of the Bakubung Platinum Mine to the family of the deceased.

The Bakubung Platinum Mine is located on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex, close to the town of Rustenburg in the North West Province. The project had held a special event last month for its workers to commemorate a milestone reached of 500,000 fatality-free shifts at the site and to inculcate a commitment to health and safety amongst all workers and contractors.

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