Leading platinum miner Zimplats revealed that the company lost one of its employees Lydia Gore on the 25th of December 2022 after a mine accident that happened on the 20th of December 2022.
According to the company’s quarterly report for the year ended 31 December 2022, Gore sustained fractures to her leg and forearm after a wedge struck her at Bimha mine.
“On 20 December 2022, Lydia Gore and three other employees were exposing lifters at Bimha Mine in the presence of their team leader. A wedge measuring 0.6m x 0.4m x 0.35m and weighing approximately 80kg dislodged from the face striking Ms Gore on the leg.
“She fell, sustaining fractures to her leg and forearm. Regrettably, while admitted in hospital, Ms Gore’s medical condition deteriorated, and she succumbed to injury induced complications in Harare on 25 December 2022.
“Our hearts and prayers are with Ms Gore’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time,” reads the report.
According to the report , two further lost-time injuries were recorded during the quarter.
“Zimplats board and management remain committed to ensuring a safe working environment for all employees and contractors.
“To this end, all three accidents were fully investigated, and remedial action plans were developed and are being implemented.
“Aligned to its values of respect and care, Zimplats carried out a survey on gender-based violence both within and outside the workplace. While the results of the survey are well within global trends, there were opportunities for improvement that were identified.
“The company shall be pursuing these as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a workplace culture that embraces diversity and all aspects of safety, including psychological safety for all employees,” said Zimplats.
According to the report, there were no reported Covid-19 cases during the quarter adding that the Group’s Covid-19 code of practice, which incorporates guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Child Care and World Health Organisation continues to guide the Group’s prevention and management of Covid-19.