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Mine worker dies in freak accident

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Police in Chegutu are investigating circumstances leading to the death of a mine employee who was killed in an accident at Discovery 112 S Mine.

The deceased is said to have tried to cling to a hoist cage and lost grip, plunging to his death.

The incident happened as workers were being hoisted to the surface by a mechanised cage from the shaft, which is 80 metres deep, and the hoist was malfunctioning.

Mashonaland West Acting Police Spokesperson Assistant inspector Ian Kohwera told H-Metro Aaron Pirikiri (23) had disembarked from a cage to give another signal that something was amiss in their mining operations.

The person who was being signalled to did not notice his signal, prompting him to take it upon himself to salvage the situation.

“Unfortunately, the cage started moving upwards and then Pirikiri jumped and clung onto the rope attached underneath hoist cage.

“The cage moved upwards for about 20 metres and Pirikiri lost grip and plunged to his death,” said Kohwera.

His workmates retrieved his body and the matter was reported to Chegutu Police.

Assistant Inspector Kohwera said police was worried about the spike in the number of occupational accidents at mines, reiterating the need of observance of health and safety protocols at mining areas.

The accident follows another one at Task Mine Syndicate also in Chegutu where five artisanal miners are still trapped underground after the shaft they were working in collapsed.

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