Mining industry recorded zero fatalities during 2014

WINDHOEK: No fatalities were recorded at mining facilities across Namibia in 2014.

It is also reported that the number of injuries in the country’s mining sector decreased from 88 in 2013 to 65 in 2014, which represents a major stride towards the achievement of the sector’s goal of ‘zero harm in safety’.

This was made public by Werner Duvenhage, the outgoing President of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia, when he presented the mining sector’s safety statistics at the chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Windhoek yesterday.

Unfortunately, Duvenhage told the meeting, the mining industry suffered one fatality at the Scorpion Zinc Mine at the southern town of Rosh Pinah in the //Karas Region when a contractor employee fell from working at height on 10 May this year.

Duvenhage told delegates to the meeting that the chamber remains committed to its continuous efforts to improve the safety of the people working at mines and that all fatalities at mines across the country must be eliminated.

In 2013, Namibia’s mining industry suffered two fatal injuries, both involving electrocution.