RUSTENBURG - Platinum producer Lonmin on Friday announced that it has achieved a 12-month fatality free record.

"Lonmin is now 12 months fatality free since 29 June 2017. Our safety strategy is centred on the belief that zero harm is achievable and that important contributions are required from all stakeholders to achieve this. Lonmin is grateful for the collaboration between its management, employees, unions and the Rustenburg DMR [department of mineral resources] Inspectorate," the company said announcing its production results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

"All our Generation 2 shafts are currently on millionaire status (fatality free shifts), notably Saffy shaft is on 6.0 million fatality free shifts [four years]."

The company said there was significant reduction in Section 54 safety stoppages on the back of improving safety indicators.

"We believe that this good performance is as a result of our continual engagement with our employees, unions and the Inspectorate and the proactive shaft by shaft cross-site audits, which verify levels of compliance with Lonmin Life Rules," it said. 

"These audits are not only assisting the organisation to proactively manage the risks and hazards, but provide useful bench marking and knowledge sharing between the operations, maintain the heightened focus on positively influencing employee behaviour, and ensure learning from serious injuries and fatalities from the industry are implemented."

-African News Agency (ANA)