Implats shuts down mine after four fatal accidents

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The world’s second largest platinum producer announced on Monday that four of its employees had died in separate accidents at its Rustenburg operation since the end of the industry-wide strike in July 2014.

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“Following the last incident on 6 September 2014, all underground operations have been suspended for a period of two days to mourn the tragic loss of colleagues,” [DATA IMP:Impala Platinum Holdings] said in a statement. 

The platinum miner added that in its efforts to prioritise health and safety, Impala Rustenburg employees have all been requested to attend a Safety Awareness mass meeting with senior members of the company, and its respective unions.

“Management, which is currently investigating all of the fatal events and reviewing all safety initiatives and plans, is confident that the two-day work stoppage should not affect the recently provided guidance of Impala Rustenburg achieving 250,000 ounces of platinum for the six months ended 31 December 2014.”

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The company added that the accidents were a clear sign that improved levels of leadership, and cultural transformation are still required to ensure that the strategy is achieved.

“Management will continue to actively engage all key stakeholders in a collaborative effort, to ensure that the zero harm vision is realised.”