Despite marginal improvements in safety performance, regretfully 11 of our employees died at work during the year. Post year-end a further nine employees lost their lives in a major fall-of-ground incident
Safety remains the highest priority for Implats, and we are committed to achieving our vision of Zero Harm. It is a tragedy that 11 employees lost their lives at work during the year, and a further nine were killed in a fall-of-ground incident at 14 Shaft in July 2009. We extend our sincere and deep sympathies to the families and friends of all those who died.
The groups safety performance did, nevertheless, improve marginally during the year. The improvement in the fatality rate, however, belies the disappointing safety records of both the Rustenburg and Marula operations. Ten of our team members were fatally injured at Rustenburg, and one at Marula. The lost-time injury frequency rate for the group was maintained at 2.92 per million man-hours worked.
It is of great concern to the company that safety performance was well below the targets set. A number of safety initiatives, developed jointly with our unions, were rolled out during the year. These include:
We are using our increased understanding of the cause of accidents to improve our performance going forward. Increased co-operation between management and employees will enable the further development of strategies to mitigate future incidents.
Implats welcomes the Department of Mineral Resources attention to safety and applauds all efforts to increase safety in the mining industry. It is only through the involvement of all role-players including government, unions, management, employees, employee representatives and members of the community that a safer working environment will be created. The realisation of the vision Zero Harm will only be achieved through a collective effort.
|Thobo Tshose||Impala 11 shaft||30 July 2008||Chaneng Village, North West Province|
|Arone James Makhobosi||Impala 16 shaft||3 August 2008||Kanana Village, North West Province|
|Bongani Qhuqhani||Impala 10 shaft||26 August 2008||Mfidikwe Village, North West Province|
|Moeketsi Sebotsa||Impala 11 shaft||17 September 2008||Klerksdorp, North West Province|
|Thethani Sorry Phondoyi||Impala 12 shaft||14 October 2008||Queenstown, Eastern Cape|
|Tshepo Mazibuko||Impala 20 shaft||27 November 2008||Mafikeng, North West Province|
|Mkhawuleni Zulu||Impala 14 shaft||7 January 2009||Kwasiwela Village, KwaZulu Natal|
|Romeu Francisco Chivale||Impala 14 shaft||16 February 2009||Massinga, Mozambique|
|Tobias Nelson Khameni||Impala 10 shaft||21 March 2009||Mqanduli, Eastern Cape|
|Mamonwana Jacob Montwedi||Impala 2 shaft||14 April 2009||Hartebeestfontein, North West Province|
|Lazarus Mashabela||Marula Clapham||21 May 2009||Mashishi Village, Mpumalanga|
On 20th July 2009, nine employees tragically lost their lives in a massive fall-of-ground incident in one of the mechanised sections. A tri-partite investigation involving Implats, the DMR and the unions, together with an independent review, was conducted. In order to significantly reduce the operational risks the decision was taken to reduce bord widths to six metres across all Rustenburg mechanised sections. A memorial service was held in Rustenburg on Friday, 24th July.
|Sithembisile Foxo||Mdwaka Village, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape|
|Jotata Gitywa||Nenga Village, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape|
|Albert Machubeni||Digetlane Village, Matatiele Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape|
|Ofentse Zacharia Mafora||Dinokana, Zeerust, North West|
|Mziwonke Matandabuzo||Lekhuni Village, Lebote, Eastern Cape|
|Phindisingaki Mvuleni Mbhamali||Bhanganoma Village, Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal|
|Bethuel Karabo Rakoma||Thabaneng, Lerome Village, Rustenburg, North West|
|Sechache Coronea Ramonyatsi||Khakhathane, Mohaleshoek, Lesotho|
|Tsollana Tshatsha||Esunwane Village, Idutywa, Eastern Cape|