Six South African mine workers killed this week

* At least six miners killed this week alone

* But fatality rate slows compared to last year

JOHANNESBURG, May 6 (BestGrowthStock) – Six South African mine
workers were killed this week bringing mining accident deaths in
the country to almost 40 this year, but the fatality rate has
slowed down compared to 2009, officials said.

South Africa, which has the world’s deepest gold mines, has
a dire safety record compared to its peers in the industrialised
world and the fatalities have led to temporary closures of mines
by authorities, reducing output.

Paul Mardon, head of safety at the Solidarity union, said
the fatality rate at mining operations this year has decline
compared with the previous year, but incidents involving falling
rocks were a major concern.

By the end of April, 32 workers had been killed in the
country’s mines compared with 51 deaths in the same period last
year, he said.

Some 165 workers died in the mines last year, compared with
171 deaths in 2008.

The latest fatalities occurred at a Samancor chrome mine,
where two workers were hit with falling rock following a
blasting exercise that went wrong, the National Union of
Mineworkers (NUM), the country biggest union, said on Thursday.

Other deaths this week have been reported at Harmony Gold
Mining Co. Ltd.’s (HARJ.J: ) Joel mine, which led to suspension of
gold output. [ID:nWEA9938]

Investment Tools

(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda; Editing by Michael Hogan)

Six South African mine workers killed this week