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Investigation launched in Guyana into collapsed mining pit and death of workers
Published on October 5, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment in Guyana, through its regulatory agency the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, has launched an investigation of a report indicating that a mining pit has collapsed in the Aranka area, North West Mining District Number 1, where some workers reportedly lost their lives.

The ministry had also received additional complaints about issues relating to occupational health and safety (OHS), which have led to serious injury and, in some instances, fatalities in the mining camps.

The ministry has invited the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and the Chief Labour Officer of the Ministry of Labour to be part of task force to investigate this incident and to review OHS issues within the mining sector, to provide a safe working environment for miners and operators within the sector.
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