Concerns raised by accidents at Sibanye-Stillwater

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Department of Mineral Resources has expressed concern at the accidents that have occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mine, following the death of a miner on Tuesday.

“The mine is the leading contributor to fatalities in the industry in 2018,” the department said.

It said it has received a report regarding the death of a worker at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Khomanani Shaft at the Driefontein operations, near Carletonville.

Sibanye-Stillwater said in a statement that the miner had entered a scraper path and was caught by the scraper. The mine has yet to determine the reasons for him entering the scraper path.

“Our inspectors have commenced with an investigation into the accident. The department sends its condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased. The Chief Inspector of Mines is busy with an investigation into these accidents,” the department said.

Once the report into the accidents is finalised, it will be submitted to the Minister. An update will be provided once the report has been completed.

The mine said it would convene a safety summit on Friday in order to collectively address these incidents, prevent the loss of lives at its operations and re-establish the mine’s safety record. –