Three die in mine explosion

2010-06-25 08:43

Three miners died in an underground explosion accident at Harmony

Gold’s Phakisa mine in the Free State.

In a statement today, the company said the accident occurred last

night about 2km below the surface.

Harmony added that two other employees were seriously injured and

were being treated at the local hospital: “The employees were part of a mine

rescue team that was busy investigating a suspected fire in a raise, underground

at the time of the accident.

All other employees working underground at the time

of the explosion were accounted for and are safe.”

Management, together with representatives of the Department of

Mineral Resources worked through the night on the rescue operation.

“Investigations into the causes of the accident will be conducted

once the area has been declared safe,” Harmony said.

Harmony’s chief executive Graham Briggs and his management team

expressed their condolences to the families of the dead and injured.

Less than a week ago another worker was killed at the same mine

after a rockfall.

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