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Mine Incident in South Africa

-By Lilyan Beck-

 

11 workers were killed while 75 were injured in an accident at a platinum mine in South Africa.


According to the mining firm, this accident involved a device that was like an elevator which was made of a winding rope connected to a lift.

(Image from Unsplash)

This elevator began to move downwards unexpectedly and dropped about 656 feet.


Unfortunately, accidents occur fairly often in South African mines. The total deaths from just this year in South African mines is a total of 55.


Mzila Mthenjane, the chief executive of Minerals Council South Africa said, "This is a terrible blow to our ambition of ending 2023 with fewer fatalities than last year when there were 49 fatalities, the lowest on record, and the continuation of our journey towards zero harm."


Mining is a fairly popular job in South Africa due to the country being the leading producer of platinum and gold among other materials.


Johan Theron, a company spokesperson, spoke on this event by saying that it is highly unusual for an elevator like this to break, but he intends to completely understand what occurred so that similar incidents can be prevented in the future.

 

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