Newmont suspends all mining operations in Ghana indefinitely over deaths

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Mining giant Newmont Ghana Limited has indefinitely suspended mining activities at all its sites in the country as investigations into the death of six of the firm’s subcontractor staff takes shape.

Six persons, all contractor employees of the construction services company, Consar Limited, died when the roof of a reclaim tunnel at the Ahafo Mill Expansion project, which is under construction, collapsed on them Saturday.

Two others who were with the six, escaped with minor injuries. They have since been treated and discharged.

The bodies of the six have since Sunday morning been retrieved from the tunnel, TV3’s Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi who is at the site at Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo region reported.

Newmont, which commenced operation in Ghana in 2006 currently, operates two main mining sites at Akyem and Ahafo in the Eastern and Brong Ahafo regions respectively.

Following the Saturday freak accident, the company ceased mining operations at the Ahafo site in solidarity with the victims and their families as well as colleagues.

But at a meeting with the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources who visited the scene of the accident, acting Mines Manager at the Ahafo Mines, Okyere Yaw Ntram revealed the Akyem mine has also suspended operations.

Source: 3news

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