- A tunnel collapse at the Newmont Ahafo mine in the Brong Ahafo Region has claimed the lives of six people
- The six were workers of Consar Limited, a sub-contractor, who were constructing a reclaim tunnel at the mine
- Four others were injured in the accident which has led to suspension of operations at the site
Six people have lost their lives at the Newmont Ghana's Ahafo mine at Kenyasi No 2 in the Brong Ahafo Region following a fatal accident.
The six died Saturday, April 7, 2018 when a tunnel they were working on collapsed and trapped them.
The deceased, Kwadwo Asare, Gideon Amankwaa, Kojo Bismarch, Ben Brako, Agyei Wale and Ebenezer Sarfo were workers of Consar Company Limited, a sub-contracting firm which had been contracted to construct a reclaim tunnel roof at the Ahafo Mill Expansion Project, the Daily Graphic reported.
Four others, Musa Sulemana, Seth Kwame, Daniel Dzitor and one other person who got injured during the accident were treated and discharged at the SOS Clinic of the mine.
According to the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Chief Inspector Augustine Oppong, the bodies of the deceased had been sent to the St Elizabeth Catholic Hospital at Hwidiem for autopsy.
Meanwhile, a statement signed and issued by the Ahafo Mine Communication and External Relations Manager, Mr Agbeko Azumah said the company is deeply saddened by the incident which occurred following the collapse of the reclaim tunnel roof at its Ahafo Mill Expansion project.
“The entire Newmont family is devastated by this tragic accident and our priority is to provide support to the families, friends and co-workers of the deceased,” a Newmont statement said.
According to the statement operations of the company have been suspended while the families of the deceased were been notified.
“All other employees working in the area have been safely relocated 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.”
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