THE 58-year-old Andreas Shiimi died after he was trapped in a conveyor belt that was started while he was still working on the machinery in the waste processing plant of the smelter of Dundee Precious Metals in Tsumeb.
The Managing Director of Dundee Precious Metals, Zebra Kasete, confirmed the tragedy in an official statement and said the fatality at the smelting plant occurred on Monday afternoon at around 16:30.
Kasete said that the employee sustained fatal injuries while conducting maintenance activities at the waste processing plant.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police in the Oshikoto Region, the deceased person was trapped in a conveyor after another employee switched the machinery on while he was still working on it.
The report states that both of Shiimi’s legs were broken and that several of his ribs were crushed by the machinery.
He also sustained severe damage to his internal organs.
“He was rushed to the Tsumeb State Hospital but severity of his injuries proved to be fatal. He succumbed while being transported to the Intensive Care Unit,” the report states.
Kasete in his statement said Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb is deeply saddened by the tragic incident.
He said plant operations were halted immediately following the incident and indicated that the company has advised the relevant authorities and will be cooperating fully in the investigation of this tragic incident.
“The company dispatched first responders and emergency service personnel, and despite best efforts, the employee succumbed to his injuries while being transported to hospital,” he said.
Kasete said the company’s immediate focus is on the welfare of the employee’s family, as well as other employees who have been impacted by this incident.
“The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority, and this is a devastating reminder of the critical importance of safety in all aspects of our operations. On behalf of the entire company, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our employee’s family, friends and colleagues,” he said.
He said Dundee Precious Metals will work to provide all necessary support for Shiimi’s family and colleagues during this difficult time.