TANZANIA - African Barrick Gold (ABG) reported the deaths of three workers at its Bulyanhulu underground gold mine on March 17, 2010. The men died after the mine suffered a rock fall incident the previous day.
ABG said mining was suspended and its mine rescue team was immediately dispatched after the rock fall. The mine remained closed on March 18 as a sign of respect to the dead, Dickson Kadelema, Vedastus Wilfred Tandise and Joel M. Nickolas. Mining will then resume except in the area of the rock fall until the incident has been investigated and any appropriate action taken.
"Words can not express the deep sorrow we feel for the tragic loss of life of our colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends and we pay tribute to their memories," stated Dave Anthony, COO of ABG.
A team of senior investigators from Barrick Gold has been dispatched to undertake a full and thorough investigation of the accident. ABG is committed to the safety of each of its employees and will continue to make safety the top priority at its mines. Barrick had not suffered any employee safety-related fatalities since 2006 in Tanzania. Bulyanhulu mine earned a National Award for the best overall Occupational Health and Safety system from the Tanzania Occupational Safety and Health Authority in 2009.
More about ABG in Tanzania is available at www.Barrick.com.