Johannesburg - Palabora Mining Company [JSE:PAM] is
undertaking a rescue operation at its underground mine and all production has
The company said on Monday that two workers who were
carrying out repairs on a crusher became trapped underground at approximately
2:30am on Sunday 14th October.
The first of the trapped workers was successfully rescued at
approximately 4:30pm‚ and taken to the local Phalaborwa hospital for
stabilisation and then transferred to Tzaneen Hospital where he is recovering
in intensive care.
Work continues to rescue the second worker.
Palabora managing director Tony Lennox said: "We are
deeply shocked and saddened by this incident. Our highest priority is the safe
rescue of the worker still trapped underground. We have a highly skilled rescue
team working to bring him to surface as quickly as possible. Our people are
with the families of the two men and providing support. We wish the rescued
miner a full and speedy recovery."
Palabora's Emergency (PROTO) team and a medical team are at
the scene and additional emergency teams from neighbouring mines have joined
Palabora to assist with the rescue.
Production has been stopped until further notice‚ it said.
Palabora is South Africa's major producer of refined copper
and operates an underground block cave mine‚ a smelter and refinery complex
based in Phalaborwa in Limpopo Province.
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