Fatality at Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine
09 October 2008
Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 October 2008. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROO) confirms with regret that an employee has been found dead underground at the No 6 Shaft of DRDGOLD South African Operations (Pty) Limited’s Blyvooruitzicht gold mine near Carletonville.
The employee, who worked as an operator on the shaft’s underground ore loading station some 1 900 metres below surface, was reported missing mid-afternoon yesterday and his body was recovered from the loading station’s loading flask at approximately 23:00 last night.
Initial indications are that the employee was not wearing a full-body safety harness, which is part of the standard safety equipment required to be worn by employees working in such situations.
The employee’s safety helmet, cap lamp and lamp belt were found at the loading station. It is mandatory that all of these items are worn at all times while employees are underground.
Investigations into the incident are under way.
Five employees, including the most recently deceased, have died in work-related incidents at DRDGOLD SA mines since the beginning of this year. Two employees died in seismicity-related rockfalls underground at Blyvooruitzicht and last month two employees died from asphyxiation at the ERPM mine at Boksburg, while conducting routine water level measurements underground.
The name of the deceased will be withheld until next of kin have been informed.
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