Injured B2Gold employee dies

23 Jan 2016 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JAN (NAMPA) – An employee of the B2Gold Otjikoto Mine who was seriously injured while on duty in December, died on Friday.
Martin Shilompoka died in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek, the mine’s Managing Director Mark Dawe said in a statement issued on Saturday.
Shilompoka had been a machine operator at the mine since 15 April 2013.
Dawe explained that he suffered serious injuries on 28 December during a re-fueling operation when he was trapped between a diesel truck and a bulldozer.
Following emergency medical treatment by the mine’s life support paramedics, he was initially transported to the Mediclinic Private Hospital in Otjiwarongo. He was then admitted to the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek where he remained in a critical condition.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Shilompoka… Martin was a valuable member of our team, and we will miss him,” Dawe was quoted as saying.
He added that the appropriate Namibian authorities were immediately notified of the accident, and will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
“Having learned from this experience, every effort will be made to ensure that similar accidents will be avoided in the future,” Dawe added.
Shilompoka is survived by his wife Aili and a son.
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