Stop the blood-letting at mines – NUM

2010-10-27 11:30

“Blood-letting” in the country’s mining industry must stop, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said today after three workers were killed this week.

“If it does not stop, then someone must be held accountable,” said NUM general secretary Frans Baleni.

A mineworker was killed at the Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine in Rustenburg in the early hours of this morning in a winch-related accident.

“The NUM is currently investigating circumstances that led to the terrible accident.”

On Monday, a tractor driver was killed at Ocon Brick in Rustenburg when his vehicle rolled on to him. Later that day, another worker was killed at Copper Slate in Swartruggens, Rustenburg, when he fell from a trailer.

“All these are what the mining industry calls safety improvements in South Africa,” Baleni charged.

The union had repeatedly called on the mining industry to take tangible steps to improve safety “rather than relegate safety to workshops, talk shops and lunch-hour meetings over beer”.

In 2009, 165 miners were killed at mines across the country – just more than three per week.

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