An employee at Bulawayo Mining Company (BMC)’s How Mine was fatally injured on Monday during underground mining operations.
The company said air loader operator, William James, sustained injuries in an accident and was pronounced dead at the mine’s wellness centre. It said in a statement:
Bulawayo Mining Company regrets to advise that an employee was fatally injured on Monday, September 19, 2022, during underground mining operations at How Mine.
Following the accident, first aid was rendered on-site and the employee, air loader operator William James, was evacuated to the Mine wellness centre, where he was regrettably pronounced dead.
How Mine has operated for over four-million-man hours without a fatality and in February 2022, it obtained internationally recognised standards certification for successfully embracing top-level management procedures.
BMC expressed regret over the incident adding that full investigations into the incident have begun. It said:
Management extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved and has immediately mobilised all necessary support to the deceased’s family and colleagues.
Relevant authorities have been notified. Detailed investigations into the incident have begun, in partnership with the Mines Inspectorate and independent investigators, including the equipment supplier.