Five miners dead at Gold Fields’ KDC West Mine

29 July 2012 | 13:21 Code : 21286 Geoscience events
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Five employees of Gold Fields lost their lives after a fire broke out at the 4 Shaft....
 

Five employees of Gold Fields lost their lives after a fire broke out at the 4 Shaft (Ya-Rona) KDC West mine, near Merafong in South Africa.Gold Fields says the entire mine has been closed until further notice.Another 14 were admitted to hospital, and mining authorities have been informed.Names have not been released pending notification of kin.The company says it deeply regrets the incident and has launched a full investigation.KDC is an underground gold mine with work at  600 and 3,347 metres below surface. Gold Fields says that during the past 12 months the mine 1.1 million oz. of gold from a combination of underground mining and processing of surface waste rock dump material.

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