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TRAGEDY HITS NEWMONT MINES - 6 workers killed, others injured

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Six workers of Consar Construction Limited, a contractor company working on a project at Newmont Ahafo mine site at Kenyase in the Asutifi North District of Brong Ahafo, met their untimely death last Saturday when a mortar mixing truck they were operating on suddenly developed a fault and fell on them.

Six workers of Consar Construction Limited, a contractor company working on a project at Newmont Ahafo mine site at Kenyase in the Asutifi North District of Brong Ahafo, met their untimely death last Saturday when a mortar mixing truck they were operating on suddenly developed a fault and fell on them.

 

The six were killed instantly while three others sustained various degrees of injury in the process.

The workers were alleged to have been trapped in the mortar they were mixing for a Mill Expansion project located at the main mine site of Newmont Ahafo Mine.

Initial attempts by some other workers to rescue and remove them from the mortar proved futile due to the extremely large quantity of the mixture, which was fast drying up.

The six who died have been identified as Kwadwo Asare, Gideon Amankwaa, Kojo Bismack, Ben Brako, Agyei Wale and Ebenezer Sarfo while Musa Sulemana, Kwame Seth and Daniel Dzitor sustained injuries and were rushed to Newmont SOS Clinic at Newmont for treatment.

Bodies of deceased have been deposited at St Elizabeth Catholic Hospital, Hwidiem, for preservation awaiting autopsy.

Sources say four of them are from Ntotroso and Gyedu while one is said to have been an indigene of Acherensua. The sixth person is believed to have come from Konongo in the Ashanti Region.

The Brong Ahafo Regional PRO of the Police Service, Chief Inspector Augustine Kingsley Oppong, confirmed the incident to our correspondent and indicated that investigations were still ongoing to ascertain the true picture surrounding the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, has issued a statement announcing the suspension of operations at its Ahafo Mine.

According to the statement, “all other employees working in the area have been safely re-located and the scene of the accident has been secured. The Police are on site and the appropriate government and regulatory agencies have been notified including the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission.”

Some workers of Newmont and some residents living around the company in Ahafo have expressed their reservations about the circumstances surrounding the death of the six workers of Consar.

In separate interviews, they raised questions about the safety of workers on site and the preparedness and the effectiveness of the systems put in place by Newmont to avert such tragedies in future.

They suspect a foul play in the whole issue and are therefore calling on the Police and all other relevant authorities to conduct thorough investigations on the matter and make their findings known to the public.

In a related development, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Peter Amewu, who was at the site of the accident, has described the accident as a tragedy and conveyed the sympathies of the government to the affected families and Newmont.

He was quoted to have attributed the accident to a “complete civil engineering failure.”

The scene of the accident has been cordoned off and investigations are being led by the Minerals Commission’s Principal Inspector of Mines for the Ashanti Region. The mine has assured it is cooperating with the regulatory authorities carrying out investigations.