Tragedy strikes as mine worker fatally falls into 35-meter deep shaft

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In a devastating incident at Vuthela Mine in Gwanda, a 28-year-old mine worker named Brian Moyo lost his life after plummeting into a 35-meter deep shaft. The unfortunate accident occurred on February 15th at approximately 10 AM, as confirmed by Inspector Loveness Mangena, the Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson.

According to Inspector Mangena, Moyo was descending into the shaft using a hoist when the equipment suddenly malfunctioned, causing it to crash down the shaft with Moyo trapped aboard. The impact of the fall resulted in severe head injuries and bruises, leading to Moyo’s instantaneous death.

Fellow mine workers bravely retrieved Moyo’s lifeless body from the shaft, and the incident was immediately reported to the police. Authorities swiftly responded to the scene, and Moyo’s remains were transported to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) for further examination and investigation.

Inspector Mangena expressed her concern over the recurring occurrences of fatal accidents in mining areas, often caused by mechanical faults. She urged mine operators to prioritize the safety of their employees by regularly inspecting and servicing equipment to maintain optimal working conditions, thus preventing such tragic incidents.

Additionally, she emphasized the importance of mine workers themselves taking necessary precautions for their safety. This includes working in designated safe areas and wearing appropriate safety clothing while on duty.

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