South Africa: 1 worker killed, 1 trapped at Implats mine - union urges companies to better protect workers' lives

Two employees were trapped underground at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) mine in Rustenburg following a fall of ground, with one of them being found dead, and the other one still missing. National Union of Mineworker (NUM), in a statement said it is seriously concerned by the trend of mineworkers being trapped underground in mines in South Africa, and has called upon mining companies to invest more in health and safety in mines. Impats confirmed the incidents.

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18 May 2016

One of two trapped Implats miners found dead

Author: Molaole Montsho, IOL (South Africa)

"Trapped Implats miner found dead", 19 May 2016

One of the two mineworkers trapped underground at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) mine in Rustenburg, North West was found dead...,the company said...“The body was found in an area with extremely unstable ground conditions and has not yet been recovered. The search and rescue teams are continuing with their relentless efforts to find the second miner,” said spokesperson Johan Theron.

 

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17 May 2016

National Union of Mineworkers says mining companies must invest more in protecting mineworkers

Author: eNCA (South Africa)

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was agitated about a trend of mineworkers being trapped underground, the union said...We call on employers to come out of their comfort zone and take the issue of health and safety seriously...We call upon the mining companies to invest more money in protecting the lives of workers than focusing more on profits...Mineworkers cannot be sacrificed for profits...We also call on mineworkers to refuse to work in dangerous conditions" said spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu.

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