Miner killed at Gold Fields mine

Johannesburg - A miner was killed on Tuesday in an industrial accident at Gold Fields' South Deep Project, south-west of Johannesburg, the company said.

“Gold Fields Limited regrets to announce that an employee... lost his life in an industrial-type accident in an underground satellite workshop at the mine,” the company said in a statement.

Goldfields' only local mine is South Deep. Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA

It was the second accident of this kind at the mine in Westonaria in the past 10 days.

“The previous incident, in which one employee lost his life, was also an industrial-type accident, and occurred on Saturday, May 17.”

Chief executive Nick Holland said the mine was shocked by the accidents as they followed a good period of safety.

Over more than three years it had only one fatality, a year ago.

“These latest incidents have expedited a recently commenced and comprehensive review of all safety protocols, procedures and standards across the mine, because if we cannot mine safely we will not mine,” he said.

Holland said the company would act decisively to fix any weaknesses identified. - Sapa