Mimosa worker dies on spot after hit by a rotating underground rod

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A MINE worker died Thursday at Mimosa Mining Company in Zvishavane, the company confirmed.
The drill rig operator identified as Daniel Tagu was working underground at the South 3 section level when the accident occurred at around 11 am.
According to mine workers who spoke to on condition of anonymity, Tagu was hit by a rotating drill rod. He died on the spot.
“It seems he had put the machine on automation and he temporarily left his post to check on something. When he tried to resume his position, he was trapped by the rotating post and it killed him instantly,” said one of the workers.
In a statement, the company said it had launched an investigation to determine the cause of the tragic accident.
“Mimosa mining company advises with profound sadness of an underground fatality involving one of its Drill rig operators, Mr Daniel Tagu (35) which occurred at its Zvishavane operations on the 29th of June 2017.
“A full investigation is currently underway to determine the exact circumstances that led to the accident,” read the statement.
“The company remains determined to attain zero harm in all its undertakings, and continue to rally its workforce to remain vigilant in ensuring that safety underpins all processes.”
The Platinum mining company last recorded a fatality in January last year when Charles Tekai a Load, Haul, Dump machine operator was fatally crashed on the head while working underground at the mine.
In August 2015, a Face Preparation Supervisor, Eric Mukazi, was crashed by an overhanging rock, after the company had just reached 5 million fatality free shifts.