The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is shocked and saddened by the report of yet another fatality at Impala Platinum. The Union sends its condolences to the loved ones of each of the workers. It again calls for greater accountability through tougher regulation of mine safety.
On Friday morning, 6 September 2019, at approximately 03h30, a Scraper Winch Operator was fatally injured underground in a winch related incident. The worker was from the Eastern Cape and had four children.
Investigations are underway, as AMCU understands, and shall reveal more information once completed. However, AMCU has managed to ascertain that from initial observations and inspections, the company may have diverted from their own procedure, allowing for materials to be transported using a winch during a night shift.
News just in: Two Rivers Platinum reports a Load Haul Dumper (LHD) related fatality occurring Sunday, 8 September 2019. The LHD operator was fatally injured by another LHD driving past. An LHD is a Trackless Mobile Machine (TMM), currently second to falls of ground (FOG) as the most common fatality related occurrence.
AMCU sends its condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the fallen workers. May their souls rest in eternal peace. AMCU reiterates its former calls for amendments to the Mine Health and Safety Act, the Union has also called on mining bosses to invest more of their profits and dividends in safety systems and infrastructure. Mining houses should face greater accountability through stronger regulation and enforcement by the DMRE.