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Safety, health and environment (SHE)

Other incidents of significance

  • a road tanker containing ammonium nitrate solution, contracted to AEL, caught fire while travelling on the N3 south of Johannesburg;
  • at AEL’s Modderfontein site, 14,5 tons of 25 per cent ammonia solution were spilled into the factory stormwater system after the drain valve of a tanker was left open;
  • at the same site, 4,5 tons of 71 per cent sulphuric acid were spilled into the factory stormwater system, after a valve broke off a tank. Although the tank was bunded, the acid sprayed over the top of the wall;
  • a truck operated by a Chemserve subsidiary spilled 200 kg of ammonium lauryl sulphate onto the N1 near Midrand, resulting in the road being closed for clean-up; and
  • complaints were received from residents near Modderfontein. These complaints related to ash dust emissions from Heartland’s remediation operations where ash is being made available to third parties for recycling.