JOHANNESBURG, June 25 /CNW/ - Gold Fields Limited ("Gold Fields")
(NYSE, JSE, DIFX: GFI) is pleased to report that its Kloof gold mine, near
Westonaria on the West Rand today achieved one million fatality-free shifts.
The milestone was achieved with the completion of the night shift early
today and has taken 51 working days of dedication, teamwork, and commitment to
safety procedures and best practices in mining.
Rodney Hart, the vice president and head of operations at Kloof, praised
the employees for their significant achievement which he said had been brought
about by "a change of attitude towards our own and the safety of our team
Nick Holland, the chief executive of Gold Fields, said:
"The one million fatality-free shifts at Kloof demonstrates that safe
working can be achieved at deep-level gold mines. It has also given a
significant boost to our safety efforts throughout all our operations
following the very unfortunate accidents we had earlier this year. Safety
remains the number one priority within Gold Fields and we are currently
conducting a comprehensive audit of our safety practices and safety
performance at our mines in South Africa. If we can go for more than 50 days
at a deep-level mine such as Kloof without one fatal injury, then I firmly
believe that our goal of having zero fatalities on all Gold Fields mines can
Kloof employs approximately 15,000 people and mining takes place at
depths of up to 3 kilometres. The previous one million fatality-free shifts at
Kloof was achieved on 4 April, 2006.
Gold Fields Limited is one of the world's largest unhedged producers of
gold with attributable production approaching four million ounces per annum,
total attributable ore reserves of 92 million ounces and mineral resources of
252 million ounces. The Group employs some 47,000 permanent employees across
its operations and is listed on the JSE Limited South Africa (primary
listing), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Dubai International
Financial Exchange (DIFX).
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