Anglogold Ashanti ordered to pay GHC9 million to family of drowned employee

Anglogold Ashanti ordered to pay GHC9 million to family of drowned employee

An Accra High Court has reportedly ordered Anglogold Ashanti to pay an amount of GHc9 million to the family of one of their employees who drowned in its Adansi underground mine at Obuasi in October 2015.

A report shows that the court argued Anglogold miscalculated the water level and the failed to ensure constant reliable communication between the winding engine driver and the rest of its team, leading to the incident.

The court also upheld that the accident could have been avoided if Anglogold had employed industry standard practices.

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Source: UGC

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It also noted that the company’s conduct in the matter betrayed its much-touted world-class safety standards.

The deceased, George Emil Baffuor, died a month to the expiration of his contract when he was submerged in water at the flooded mine whilst carrying out some feasibility studies in a conveyance machine at the Adansi mine of Anglogold Ashanti.

Efforts by the team to get the conveyance out of the water on time failed because the team lost communication with the driver of the winding engine.

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