While taking workers to the surface in a platinum mine in South Africa, an elevator suddenly fell 200 meters (approximately), killing 11 workers and injuring 75 workers. The mine operator gave this information. He said that the condition of 14 of the injured is critical.
According to the operator, the incident occurred on Monday evening in a mine in the northern city of Rustenburg. All the workers were coming to the surface after finishing their work. He said that the injured have been admitted to the hospital.
Nico Muller, chief executive officer (CEO) of mine operator Impala Platinum Holdings, said in a statement on Tuesday that it was the darkest day in Impala’s history. He said that investigation has been started as to why the lift fell.
All operations at the mine were suspended on Tuesday. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said there would be a government investigation into the tragedy. He also visited the mine.
Implats spokesman Johann Theron said all 86 workers killed or injured were in the elevators. Some of the injured suffered severe compact fractures, he said.
Theron said initial estimates were that the elevator fell about 200 meters.
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