Johannesburg - Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] announced on Monday that a contractor at the South Deep project in South Africa lost his life in a tramming accident at 12:30 on Saturday May 9 2015.The relevant authorities were immediately notified and the South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has issued a Section 54, which halts all tramming activities at the project until further notice and pending the outcome of the full investigation by management and the authorities. An in-loco inspection of the area is scheduled to take place with the DMR on Monday."Our deep and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. Management will do everything possible to support them in this hour of need," said Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland in a Sens statement."The loss of life amongst our colleagues strengthens our resolve to improve the safety conditions at our mines. While we have made considerable progress in our quest to improve safety we still have some way to go and it remains my top priority to ensure that if we cannot mine safely we will not mine."