South Africa’s Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) stated on Thursday its ore transport system – meant to convey ore to the floor – fell at a shaft at one in every of its mines, leading to some employees sustaining minor accidents and a halt in haulage.
The Rustenberg platinum mine, round 150 kms (93 miles) from Johannesburg, is without doubt one of the firm’s largest.
“There was an incident on the ore transportation system within the shaft. All our security techniques kicked in and no one was severely injured,” firm spokesman Johan Theron advised Reuters.
Implats stated it was attending to the injured employees who have been on the backside of the shaft when the incident occurred.
The spokesman stated he couldn’t give the precise variety of employees injured or the extent of their accidents however stated they have been conscious of at the least two who had sustained minor accidents.
The Affiliation of Mineworkers and Building Union (AMCU), the bulk union within the platinum sector, stated 4 miners had been injured within the incident.
The injured employees can be introduced up by way of another shaft after medical officers attended to them, Theron stated.
Buyers have usually raised issues on poor security data in South African mines, a few of them the deepest on the planet, and have been one of many components why mining corporations within the nation commerce at a reduction to their international friends.
In 2019, South Africa noticed a file low variety of mine deaths at 51, versus 81 reported the earlier yr.
Implats stated it might be conducting a techniques test earlier than transport of ore or workers on the shaft can resume, which it anticipated might take a day or two.
The affected shaft accounts for round 10% of the Rustenberg mine manufacturing.