Implats’ killer shaft
Minister releases historically lower death rate stats at mines, but union says zero harm is a pipe dream unless companies are held accountable
since the start of mining in South Africa”.
According to the report, 77 mine workers died on the job, compared with 84 in 2014.
“This is encouraging and an indication that our combined efforts as stakeholders are bearing fruit,” Zwane said, adding that “we are going in the right direction” towards achieving zero harm in mining.
The Chamber of Mines welcomed the lower statistics, saying it was “gratified to note the continuing improvement in safety performance”, and “as employers, we will continue to work steadfastly with other stakeholders in our quest for zero harm”. But Mathunjwa said “zero harm” was a “pipe dream”. “Zero harm will never be realised unless mining companies are held fully accountable for each and every injury and death in the workplace,” he said.
LIFE IN THE UNDERGROUND detected
Amcu has queried why workers were allowed to go underground after gas and smoke were