Mining industry recorded zero fatalities during 2014

20 May 2015 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAY (NAMPA) – No fatalities were recorded at mining facilities across Namibia in 2014.
It is also reported that the number of injuries in the country's mining sector decreased from 88 in 2013 to 65 in 2014, which represents a major stride towards the achievement of the sector's goal of 'zero harm in safety'.
This was made public by Werner Duvenhage, the outgoing President of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia, when he presented the mining sector's safety statistics at the chamber's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Windhoek on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, Duvenhage told the meeting, the mining industry suffered one fatality at the Scorpion Zinc Mine at the southern town of Rosh Pinah in the //Karas Region when a contractor employee fell from working at height on 10 May this year.
Duvenhage told delegates to the meeting that the chamber remains committed to its continuous efforts to improve the safety of the people working at mines and that all fatalities at mines across the country must be eliminated.
“The chamber remains committed to achieving this goal and through the efforts and directions of the Safety Committee, we will continue to further improve these results with regard to safety of people working at mines,” said Duvenhage.
In 2013, Namibia's mining industry suffered two fatal injuries, both involving electrocution.
The first fatality occurred at Weatherly Mining's Matchless Mine in the Khomas Region, while the other fatality took place at Paladin's Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine in the Erongo Region.
During the first incident, Petrus Engelbrecht was electrocuted while working underground at Weatherly's Matchless Mine on 12 March 2013.
In the other incident, Willem Andries van Zyl, an electrical projects team leader, suffered three degree burns from a flash accident at an 11 kilovolt substation at Langer Heinrich Mine on 12 October 2013.
Van Zyl died on 30 October 2013 in the Millpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was admitted for debridement operations in preparation for skin grafting.
In 2012, the mining industry suffered a total of five fatalities.