At work in the
Zincor refinery
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 14 September 2009 – A full-scale inquiry is underway into last week’s Zincor refinery blast which killed three contractors and injured 12 others, and results of the investigation are expected in about four weeks’ time.

The Zincor plant “’ South Africa’s only zinc refinery “’ belongs to diversified South African-based resources company Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro).

A company statement released here said that operations had been suspended to allow an investigation into the cause of the blast to take place. The investigation is being conducted by Exxaro as well as the Department of Labour and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile ongoing support and counselling is being provided to next-of-kin and colleagues of the three contractors who died in the explosion. The 12 injured contractors together with their colleagues and employees who were involved in the accident also continue to receive support.

“The current focus at the plant is on assisting our affected people, our involvement in investigations into the cause of the accident, and achieving stability within the plant operational environment,” said Johan Meyer, Zincor’s business unit manager.

Zincor teams are restoring electricity supply which was damaged in the incident. The refinery’s daily zinc metal production capacity is about 300 tonnes.