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What we can learn from the Langlaagte Mine collapse

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/22/17 4:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE Mining, Case study, Mine safety, PPE

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During the week of the 4th of September 2016, a number of illegal miners became trapped at the Langlaagte disused mine shaft in South Africa. Johannesburg’s oldest gold mine was cordoned off after a fire halted rescue operations. It was not initially clear whether one group was trapped, or a number in numerous locations, but three illegal miners managed to free themselves before rescuers reached them. The reason for the confusion was it was generally known that multiple groups would operate at the closed mine shaft, in different areas.

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