Yesterday trade union Solidarity condemned the death of employees at Harmony Gold’s Masimong and Glencore’s Eland platinum mines, saying that the fatalities could have been prevented.

Harmony Gold confirmed that an employee had died in a rail-bound equipment-related accident at its Masimong gold mine on Sunday, stating that an investigation into the accident was under way.

Eland Platinum mine confirmed that one of its employees was killed at the mine on Saturday, and an investigation was underway.

The employee was reportedly hit by a mining vehicle and died of internal injuries.

Solidarity Occupational Health and Safety Division head Paul Mardon said the union sympathised with the employees’ families, but stressed that these accidents could have been prevented.

“We, therefore, call on mining companies and workers to adhere to safety measures at all times to prevent similar accidents,” he stated.