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Non-adherence to safety procedures caused death of three miners at Aranka

Two persons investigating the Mine collapse at Aranka in region 7 on October 3rd, that left 3 miners dead, have pointed out  that proper safety procedures were not followed. Colin Sparman of the GGDMA and Rickford Vieira, shared their views at the presentation of the report on the incident.

The report contains several recommendations and this may push the case for the speeding up of  draft regulations to be pushed, according to Charles Ogle, Chief Labour Officer in the Ministry of Labour.

Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, collected the report and said, that its finding would be studied urgently and whatever could be implemented in the shortest possible time would be put in place to avoid a recurrence. He also called for miners and the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association, to have a more aggressive self-monitoring role in the sector, noting that the loss of one’s life in any sector is one life too much.

Minister Persaud also said, that while there are adequate regulations in the sector, it is the occupational safety and health aspect that needs strengthening.

22-year-old Devon Barry also known as Devon Williams, Elson Singh and Deonarine Persaud also known as Chubby, lost their lives in the mine collapse.

29-year-old Randy April and 21-year-old Percy Lancaster, were also injured . They were all from the East Coast village of Ann’s Grove.

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