Fatal accident at South Deep mine
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Johannesburg, 16 February 2017: Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE: GFI) regrets to announce a fatality at the South Deep mine in South Africa in a tramming-related accident today.
South Deep management has suspended all hopper tramming activities, pending a full risk assessment, and has notified the Department of Mineral Resources. An in-loco inspection will take place later today.
Nick Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields, said: “This is a serious setback in our efforts to continuously improving safety at South Deep as it is the second fatality we have recorded this year.” During 2016 the mine had reported one fatality.
“Until this year we had shown measureable improvement in safety behaviour and have spent considerable time and resources on making working conditions safer. These two fatalities tragically remind us that we can never lessen our resolve in prioritising safety at all our operations,” Mr Holland said.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. Management will do everything possible to support
them in this hour of need,” Mr Holland added.