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AngloGold Ashanti reports another fatality at SA gold mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2009 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti reported on Friday that a worker had been killed at its Moab Khotsong mine, in the Free State province. The miner was fatally injured while carrying out his duties at a working face some 2 277 m below surface. 

Mining majors taking steps to achieve 2013 health and safety milestones

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd May 2009 Steps towards improving south Africa’s dismal mine health and safety record have been taken by mining majors looking towards best practice principles to improve safety records. 

AngloGold Ashanti reports Tau Lekoa fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2009 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti on Thursday reported that a night shift cleaner at the company’s Tau Lekoa mine, in the North West Province, had been fatally injured when two locomotives collided at a cross cut, 1 350 m below surface. AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Joanne Jones stated that all... 

Gold Fields reports three fatalities in two days

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th May 2009 JSE-listed Gold Fields on Wednesday confirmed that two employees had been fatally injured in a seismically induced fall of ground accident, at the number 7 shaft, at the Kloof mine, on the West Rand. The seismic event measured 1,5 on the Richter scale. This followed a separate accident at the... 

One worker dead, another missing at Gold Fields’ Kloof mine – union

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2009 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday reported that rescue teams have been dispatched to search for a missing worker at Goldfields’ Kloof mine. Two workers were trapped in the number 7 shaft, after a seismic event, measuring 1,5 of the Richter scale, took place on Tuesday evening.... 

SA mines to expand safety adoption system to include transport, machinery – Chamber

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2009 The Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) Mining Industry Occupational Safety and Health (Mosh) Leading Practice Adoption System would be expanded to include transport and machinery, CoM safety and sustainable development adviser Sietse van der Woude has announced. Reporting on a recent safety workshop, the... 

Collision avoidance system improves safety statistics

15th May 2009 The VAK Electronics CWS 800 collision warning system, represented by electronic systems supplier Booyco Electronics, has been shown to effectively reduce the number of accidents occurring between pedestrian workers and heavy capital equipment in the mining environment.


Chamber of Mines implements leading practice adoption programme

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 The South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) has started a programme to help the mining industry adopt leading practices in terms of health and safety. 

Sense-making framework 
applied to safety methodology

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 Organisational strategic consulting company Deloitte has extended the Cynefin sense-making framework as a strategic tool to help the mining industry better understand and address the challenges associated with health and safety. 

Theatre medium 
used in safety awareness 

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 Industrial theatre company Learning Theatre is making headway in the mining industry, with a focus on improving safety, health and environment (SHE) issues within the sector, through staging cost effective SHE-themed theatrical productions at different operations. 

New safety module 
added to mine management 

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 Mining management software developer MineWare Consulting has added a new module to its short-term mine management software package that calculates safety risks associated with daily mining activities.


HIV/Aids still a major 
challenge in SA mining

By: Darren Parker     15th May 2009 A key challenge in the area of health within the context of the South African mining industry remains the issue of HIV/Aids, says South Africa’s Chamber of Mines health advisor Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa.


Govt eyes 20% safety noncompliance reduction by year-end

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th May 2009 The Department of Minerals and energy (DME) is eyeing a 20% decrease by the end of the year in the number of companies that do not comply with health and safety regulations specified by the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

AngloGold reports fall of ground fatality at Kopanang mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th May 2009 South African gold producer AngloGold Ashanti on Tuesday stated that one miner had been killed in a fall of ground accident on Monday afternoon, at its Kopanang mine, near Klerksdorp. AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Alan Fine said that blasting and drilling at the mine had been suspended until... 

5,8-million fatality-free hours achieved at platinum mine

By: Darren Parker     8th May 2009 In March 2009, mining contractor Concor Mining achieved 5,8-million fatality-free hours at platinum-miner Lonmin Platinum’s opencast mine, while simultaneously achieving 2,8-million fatality-free hours at platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) opencast mine. 

Mining sector’s safety performance poor because of noncompliance with legislation – NUM 

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th May 2009 Is South Africa set for an improvement in its ailing mine health and safety record, or is there disappointment on the horizon. 

Mining houses placing more emphasis on safety 
than on health, laments Gold Fields’ Vishnu Pillay

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th May 2009 The Chamber of Mines (CoM), in conjunction with Gold Fields’ South Deep mine recently presented the performance results of a dust suppression fogging system for eliminating silica dust in some underground mining areas. 

AngloGold resumes production at Great Noligwa, search for worker continues

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th May 2009 Production at AngloGold Ashanti’s Great Noligwa mine, near Orkney, in South Africa’s Free State province, resumed on Monday morning, following a week-long suspension during which rescuers were looking for a missing worker. Spokesperson Joanne Jones confirmed on Monday that production had... 

Canadian firms shut Mexico mines on govt order

By: Liezel Hill     1st May 2009 Several Canada-based firms with mines in Mexico announced on Friday they will temporarily halt operations to comply with a government order aimed at containing the spread of the H1N1 virus, or 'swine' flu. Vancouver-based Great Panther Resources and Endeavour Silver will both close their mines... 

$1bn Lumwana copper project raises Zambian hopes of resuscitating its economy 

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st May 2009 Zambia, once viewed as a Central African economic power house, wants to reclaim some of its former glory as Africa's biggest greenfield copper project, Lumwana, is commissioned. 

AngloGold halts blasting at Great Noligwa to search for missing worker

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th April 2009 The search for a missing worker at AngloGold Ashanti’s Great Noligwa mine, near Orkney, in the Free State province of South Africa, was continuing, with the mine suspending blasting to ensure the safety of its rescue operations. The world’s third-biggest gold producer reported on Thursday that... 

Trapped miners found dead at Harmony mine

By: Liezel Hill     27th April 2009 Two miners who were trapped underground at Harmony Gold's Tshepong mine, in South Africa's Free State province, were found dead at the weekend. Harmony reported on Friday that two workers were still trapped underground at the Tshepong mine, in the Free State, after a fall of ground incident on... 

Union to hold day of mourning at Moab Khotsong as mine deaths mount

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th April 2009 About 2 500 workers at AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong mine, near Klerksdorp, in South Africa, would hold a day of mourning on Tuesday, following the death of two colleagues at the weekend. Spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Lesiba Seshoka said the workers would down... 

Probe under way into death of two workers at Evander shaft

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2009 Gold producer Harmony reported on Monday that an investigation into the two fatalities at its Evander operations, in Mpumalanga, was still under way. Harmony spokesperson Mariaan van der Walt told Mining Weekly Online that the Department of Minerals and Energy had imposed a Section 54 notice on... 

Worker killed at AngloGold's Moab Khotsong mine

By: Liezel Hill     17th April 2009 A mineworker died on Friday morning at AngloGold Ashanti's Moab Khotsong mine, near Klerksdorp, in South Africa, the company reported later in the day. Patrick Sinono, a miner's assistant, was fatally injured in a “fall of ground incident” while barring at a stope face. 

Harmony probes equipment after worker is electrocuted

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2009 Workers at Harmony Gold’s Target mine, in the Free State, held a day of mourning at the mine on Friday, following the electrocution of a contract worker on Tuesday. The company said that an investigation of equipment used by the worker was currenlty under way to establish the reasons for the... 

Protesters block road to Fortuna's silver/gold project in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th April 2009 A group of demonstrators have “illegally” blocked the main access road to Fortuna Silver Mines; San Jose silver-gold project, as well as the nearby San Jose del Progreso town, the firm reported on Thursday. The group, which ranges from 10 to 50 people, is mainly comprised of people from outside... 

AngloGold Ashanti reports fatal accident at Ghana mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2009 Gold major AngloGold Ashanti reported on Wednesday that a contract worker at its Obuasi mine, in Ghana, had died following an accident on Tuesday. The worker had been injured in an underground vehicle accident when the scoop he was operating struck a sidewall, the company announced in a statement. 

Harmony’s Evander operations win safety award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2009 South African gold producer Harmony Gold on Thursday announced that its Evander No 2 and No 5 shafts, which form part of its Evander operations, in Mpumalanga, had won the Safety Achievement Flag in the category Deep/Ultra Deep Gold/Platinum Mines division, as awarded by the Mine Health and... 

BHP resumes work at Nelson Point after accident

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2009 Diversified mining giant BHP Billiton on Tuesday said that work had resumed at both its yards on Finucane Island and Nelson Point in Western Australia, after the miner suspended operations to reiterate safety procedures on site. The suspension of operations came shortly after an incident on the... 

MQA enlists educational institutions in bid to improve mines’ safety performance

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd April 2009 Tertiary institutions, such as the University of Johannesburg (UJ), have been the focus of a major campaign to improve South African mine health and safety standards reports the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). 

Mintek reports furnace failure, no injuries

By: Liezel Hill     28th March 2009 A failure occurred on Friday morning at a test furnace at the Randburg facilities of South African mineral-research body Mintek, causing a series of minor explosions and the emission of a cloud of smoke, the organisation reported later in the day. Nobody was injured in the incident and property... 

Will there be a big bang?

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 The use of car manufacturer Toyota Secunda’s Hilux bakkies in underground coal mines in South Africa has proven successful. These vehicles have replaced conventional purpose-built vehicles used underground in the past. Concerns have arisen, however, as to whether these bakkies are safe and comply... 

Platmin reports fatality at Pilanesberg mine

By: Liezel Hill     26th March 2009 A mining contract worker died at precious metals junior Platmin's Pilanesberg mine, the company reported on Thursday. The worker was killed in a vehicle accident on the mine late on Wednesday. 

Harmony worker killed at Virginia mine

By: Mariaan Webb     25th March 2009 A mineworker died at South African mining company Harmony Gold’s Virginia operations this week, the JSE-listed firm reported on Wednesday. The team leader died in an accident involving a winder stator at the Brand 2 shaft, in the Free State.  

I 'failed miserably' on safety front - SA mining doyen

By: Jonathan Faurie     20th March 2009 CEOs that want to take a proactive role in enforcing safety standards are being set up for failure by the constraints of running a multi-billion rand operation. 

Harmony suspends Free State mill operations after fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th March 2009 South African gold producer Harmony Gold has suspended operations at the mill section of its Central Plant, in the Free State, following a fatality on Tuesday. Harmony COO for the Free State region Tom Smith said that the accident occurred when some of the plant workers were cleaning pipes, and... 

AngloGold Moab Khotsong mine closed after fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2009 South African gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has ceased operations at its Moab Khotsong mine, near Klerksdorp, following a fatality on Monday. A miner was killed in a fall of ground incident at the 92 level. No other employees were injured. 

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