THABAZIMBI – Kumba Iron Ore, Thabazimbi Mine had a mock emergency exercise on Friday the 29 May 2009 to evaluate if the mine is capable to handle a big emergency if it occurred on the mine or in town.
An emergency site was staged by the emergency task teams from the mine and from town.
Description of the staged emergency:
The emergency alarm went off in Kwaggashoek East (KHE) pit. Everybody in the pit evacuate to the assembly point. During the evacuation a contractor mini bus with 3 operators were on their way to the KHE pit. The mini bus was staged to collide with a cat haul truck whereafter the mini bus caught fire which could have been caused by an oil spill where the collision took place. The contractor and the 3 operators were stuck in the mini bus with injuries and were assisted by the haul truck driver and other people at the assembly point to remove them from the burning mini bus.
There was a bulldozer working on the dumping site at KHE pit, the driver saw what was happening, he stopped the bulldozer to go and help but the smoke from the burning mini bus was too strong that he could not see where he was going and fell off the dumping site. The control room and the emergency team captained were informed of the emergency and they informed the management team, the mine clinic, the mine fire department and emergency teams from town.
The mock emergency exercise was successfully executed by all emergency personnel.
Press release by Kumba Iron Ore Mine