Harmony halts operations at Unisel mine after fatal incident

Harmony’s Unisel mine.

South Africa’s Harmony Gold (JSE:HAR) (NYSE:HMY) announced Tuesday that an employee was fatally injured in an engineering related accident while performing maintenance work at Unisel mine near Welkom on Saturday, April 4.

The company said production at the mine, which produced 59,093 ounces of gold in 2014, has been halted while an investigation is underway.

South Africa’s gold mines are among the world’s deepest and were ranked as some of the most dangerous during the apartheid era. According to the mines ministry, the sector recorded over 100 deaths a year before 2013.