A load, haul and dump machine (LHD) operator at Mimosa Mining Company died after he was crushed by a drill steel barricade underground. In another case, a Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution and Transmission Company employee was electrocuted at the weekend while carrying out repairs on a transformer in Mhangura. LHD operator, Charles Teketai (41) was struck on the head by drill steels while Zacharia Jorodhani (45) was electrocuted as he repaired a transformer near a dam wall at Green Valley Village in Mhangura on Sunday.
Mimosa head of corporate affairs Ms Elizabeth Nerwande-Chibanda confirmed the incident which occurred on Monday at the Zvishavane-based platinum mine. She said Mr Teketai was tramming ore when his LHD machine encroached into a drill steel barricade, resulting in one of the drill steels striking his head.
He died on the spot as a result of the severe head injuries he sustained due to the accident. His body was taken to Zvishavane District Hospital for postmortem. Zesa public relations manager Mr Fullard Gwasira confirmed Mr Jorodhani’s death saying he tried to shift a metallic ladder to another pole when it got in contact with a live wire.
This triggered electric shock that led to his instant death.
“This is an unfortunate incident which has led to the tragic loss of life. The standard procedure is that investigations are carried out to establish the cause,” he said.