[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment has recognised with deep concern, the continued unfortunate loss of lives in the mining industry, due mainly to mining pit collapses.
An official inquiry into this deadly spate of events was launched in July 2015 and a report with recommendations for the improvement of safety in the sector has been submitted.
According to the Ministry of the Presidency, efforts are ongoing to address the implementation of some of these recommendations.
“The public will be informed of these in the short term. In the interim, the Department wishes to advise all mine operators and workers to exercise due care and caution in their operations,” a release noted.
The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has also been mandated to strictly enforce the regulations governing the operation of mines and the safety of mines workers.
“The Department expresses its condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in these accidents.”
President David Granger has expressed his concerns over the frequent collapse of mining pits within Guyana’s mining community. Very often, these have resulted in the loss of lives of miners. The latest collapse earlier this week, resulted in the death of a young miner from Region Eight.
The President’s concerns were related to members of the media, when Minister of State Joseph Harmon addressed his weekly media briefing.
Minister Harmon explained that this is a matter over which the President expressed grave concerns, particularly on the frequency at which these mining pit collapses were taking place.
The inquiry was launched because of mounting concerns over accidents at mining pits, which pointed to lack of effective safety precautions and measures being taken by owners and operators in the mining sector.