Johannesburg - Harmony Gold said on Thursday that one of its employees was killed in a mining equipment-related incident at its Tshepong mine near Welkom in the Free State.

Harmony said the mineworker was fatally injured on Wednesday afternoon. Mining at Tshepong is conducted at a depth of 2,349 metres. 

"An investigation into the accident is underway. Management extend their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased," Harmony said in a statement.

This is the first reported fatal mining incident for the year 2018. A Harmony employee was fatally injured in a fall of ground related incident at the Tshepong mine in December. 

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In August 2017, five miners were killed after being trapped underground for days at Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville following a fall of ground at the gold mine.

African News Agency/ANA