One death, one too many for mine boss

The Star Late Edition - - COMPANIES -

IM­PALA Plat­inum re­mains con­cerned about safety at its Im­pala Rusten­burg shafts af­ter the deaths of nine em­ploy­ees on duty in the year to June, Im­pala chief ex­ec­u­tive Nico Muller says.

Muller said yes­ter­day that safe pro­duc­tion was vi­tal to the sus­tain­abil­ity of the busi­ness and hu­man be­hav­iour was a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to ac­ci­dents.

“Hu­man be­hav­iour con­tin­ues to con­trib­ute to many safety in­ci­dents and the em­pha­sis is on en­sur­ing ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship, re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour, and driv­ing a cul­ture of per­sonal ac­count­abil­ity and in­ter­de­pen­dence,” he said.

Muller added Zim­plats, its Zim­babwe sub­sidiary, had achieved a safety mile­stone af­ter com­plet­ing a con­sec­u­tive 365 days with­out a sin­gle in­jury.

“Safety is very im­por­tant to us be­cause it af­fects the lives of our peo­ple, we take it very se­ri­ously.

“It is fun­da­men­tal to ev­ery­thing we are do­ing,” Muller said.

There were 73 fa­tal­i­ties on South African mines last year, down from 77 in 2015.

Muller, who was pre­vi­ously the vice-president for Gold Fields’ op­er­a­tions in South Africa and was the chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer at the Royal Bafo­keng Plat­inum, said safety im­prove­ment over the past num­ber of years re­flected safety lead­er­ship that had been ap­plied in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I think, in par­tic­u­lar, the out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive was a de­ci­sive leader in the in­dus­try, and he in­stalled a strong safety cul­ture within the com­pany,” Muller said. – Di­neo Faku

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