The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is deeply concerned on the trend of underground fires happening within Harmony operations. In 2014, there were two incidents that took place at the same mine where workers were exposed to the underground fire but luckily they came out unharmed.
About 486 workers were trapped underground in Kusasalethu on Sunday February 22, 2015 as a result of an underground fire.
ldquoWe had another underground fire incident in January 2014 at Doornkop where we lost eight lives. As a union, we are deeply concerned about the trend that continues to threaten the lives of many workers in Harmony operations.We call upon this mining house to pull up its socks and improve its health and safety system to prevent re-occurrence of these fires or these operations are heading to a disaster,rdquo says NUM National Health and Safety Secretary Erick Gcilitshana.
ldquoOnce again we call upon the DMR inspectorate to quickly investigate the source of this fire and other contributing factors. The workers must be united in dealing with their health and safety in the mining industry and use their hard-won worker rights that NUM fought for to be legislated, says Gcilitshana.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions