Saturday, November 24, 2007

Another mineworker died

By Marthe van der Wolf
23 November 2007


A mineworker died at the Harmony Gold’s Elandsrand Mine yesterday morning. The mine is near Carletonwille. The mineworker died when a rock fall broad mining activity to a standstill. Full details about the accidents are not known yet.

“Solidarity wants to convey its heartfelt sympathy to the family of the deceased,” says Solidarity spokesperson Reint Dykema.

According to trade union Solidarity, 182 people working in South African mines have died this year. In 2006 the death toll was 199.

Solidarity made a 10-point charter for a safer working environment. Mineworkers should also know that they have the right to withdraw from any unsafe work situation or risk and the right to refuse dangerous work.

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