A Harmony Gold mine employee dies after falling at Phakisa gold mine, near Welkom on Tuesday morning.

The mine has since launched an investigation to the matter to establish the root cause behind the man falling whilst still at work.

“Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited regrets to advise that one of its employees was fatally injured following a fall of ground incident at its Phakisa mine (Tshepong Operations), in Welkom,” the company said in a brief statement.

“Management wishes to express their deepest condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues,” the statement read.

The incident follows two similar ones which occurred last year in May at Harmony’s Moab Khotsong mine in Orkney where one miner died whilst on duty, and another one in the North West where two miners also died following a “seismic related fall” at one of Harmony Gold’s mine in Welkom.

Former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane urged mines to step up health and safety efforts after three miners died at a Harmony Gold mine in August 2017.

He said at the time he was concerned with accidents in the industry. He called for the prioritisation of safety, saying government would regularly conduct inspections.

-Daily Sun

 

 

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