A 35-year-old miner, Samuel Bang has caved in a mining pit and died at Gbani, a mining community in the Talensi District of the Upper East region.
The employee of the Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited is said to have accidentally got buried alive under a stockpile of gold ore he was drilling when the area he occupied suddenly caved in along with the heap of ore.
A rescue team quickly dispatched to the scene of the disaster only retrieved his lifeless body after a tiring search that lasted about 24 hours.
Maxwell Wooma, the Public Relations Officer of the Shaanxi Mining Company, confirmed the incident to Starr News.
“It is purely a mining accident. It is not a case of gas inhalation where someone has failed to do hazards assessment. It is purely a mining accident. The body is at the morgue of the Regional Hospital. We (the company) are on our way to meet his (Samuel Bang’s) family to commiserate with them and to find out about burial and funeral arrangements,” he said.
The company is reported to have suffered similar fates in the recent years where its 16 small scale miners were reportedly rushed to the Upper East Regional Hospital after inhaling what was suspected to be a poisonous gas from a mining explosive.
In April, 2015, two miners died and eight were critically injured from the gas of an explosive substance. Three miners lost their lives when a mining pit collapsed on them in October, 2014, in the area. On Wednesday April 2 of that same year, two miners were gassed to death and one severely injured. May 26, 2013, saw three small-scale miners suspected to be intruders from another concession perish when a gas from an explosive engulfed a tunnel that belonged to Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited.
These tragic happenings has greatly agitated public concerns about the safety of the employees of the company, with the Upper East Regional Secretary of the Small-Scale Miners Association, Robert Tampoare, calling on the company to employ appropriate safety measures to avoid needless deaths in the future.
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Meanwhile, an autopsy report on the deceased, Mr Bang who is survived by a wife and two children, is yet to be released.