Harmony Gold has stopped mining in part of its Masimong mine in South Africa after a mine worker was killed by falling ground on 12 June.

Harmony has stopped work in the affected panel and suspended blasting for four days at the mine, located in South Africa’s Free State.

Harmony Gold CEO Graham Briggs said the mine has produced excellent safety results in the past year and it has rolled out effective behaviour-based safety programmes.

“It remains unfortunate that such an incident still occurred. Harmony will continue to address safety as a priority at all its operations,” he said.

The mine’s management and the country’s Department of Minerals and Energy have started investigations, Harmony said.