4 fatalities in 2 days
Rustenburg – Search and rescue operations continued around the clock since the underground mud-rush incident at Impala Rustenburg’s 6 Shaft, which took place on Sunday 28 November 2021.
Eight search and rescue teams from Impala Rustenburg and other mining companies were engaged in clearing accumulated material in their search for the five missing employees. The teams reached the affected area mid-afternoon.
The search and rescue teams recovered the bodies of three Impala employees. Their families have been notified and are receiving counselling and support.
Two employees were, however, successfully rescued from the area and transferred to hospital for treatment. They are both in a serious but stable condition.
All operations at Impala Rustenburg’s 6 Shaft remain suspended and Impala continues to work closely with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and other stakeholders.
This regrettably follows a separate incident at the Impala 16 Shaft mining complex on 27 November 2021 in which a contract employee was fatally injured during underground drilling operations.
Implats CEO, Nico Muller, said: “The safety of our employees is our utmost priority.
It is with deep regret that we record these incidents, which comes at a time when we have made significant improvements in the Group’s safety performance, with several historic safety records achieved in the past year. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all involved.”
Our deepest sympathies lie with the families, friends and colleagues of those whose lives were lost in these tragic accidents.
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