JSE-listed gold miner, Harmony Gold, on Monday said one of its workers was fatally injured in a rail-bound equipment related accident at its Masimong mine near Welkom in the Free State Province.

The company said the death occurred on Sunday morning and investigations into the accident are underway. Graham Briggs, Harmony’s CEO and his management team, said they expressed their sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased.

This comes shortly after another gold miner was killed in a tramming accident at Harmony’s Tshepong mine near Welkom in the Free State Province, late last year. Gold investigations into the accident were on-going.

There was also another accident early last year when Harmony’s operations at its Doornkop mine came to a halt earlier this year when nine mine workers were killed in a fire and a rock fall.

Operations resumed after South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) lifted the work stoppage it imposed at the mines.

At the time, Briggs said he was expecting to get more information from the investigations that followed this incident.
Briggs said investigations would minimise risk and help operate safe mines.

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