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Miner dies at platinum mine


A MINEWORKER died on Monday at one of the country’s platinum mines in Zvishavane, the company announced as government continues to raise the red flag on occupational safety and health.

Mimosa – a joint venture between South Africa’s Impala Platinum and ASX-listed Aquarium Platinum — announced on Tuesday that it would launch an investigation into the death of the miner.

“Mimosa Mining Company announces with deep regret an underground fatality involving one of its Load, Haul and Dump machine (LHD) Operators, Mr Charles Teketai, on the 4th of January 2016,” the company announced.

“Mr Teketai (41) was tramming ore when his LHD machine encroached into a drill steel barricade, resulting in one of the drill steels striking his head. He died from the subsequent injuries.”

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), about 2,3 million people die annually in work related accidents and illnesses globally.

In Zimbabwe, nearly 500 lives were lost to work related accidents between 2010 and this year, while over 26 000 workers were injured at the workplace during the same period.-Staff Writer

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