In less than a month after two men died from a mining disaster at the Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited, another employee of the company has been reported dead in another accident,” ABC News has gathered.
Richard Nakpier is reported to have died after a rock fell on him while working in an underground pit.
Narrating the incident, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the company, Maxwell Wooma noted with regret that the incident occurred on Wednesday, December 11, after the deceased, who was taken to the Regional Hospital for treatment, was hit by the rock.
Describing the incident as ‘unfortunate’, Mr Wooma disclosed that another employee of the company who was also hit by the rock is still receiving treatment at the Bolgatanga Hospital.
“The rock fell on the blast man, Richard Nakpier, underground. It affected his waist. He was taken to the regional hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, he could not survive it. Some parts of the rock also fell on the drill assistant who was standing by. It hit his legs and some parts of his chest. He is responding to treatment as I speak to you at the regional hospital in Bolgatanga.
“It is a very unfortunate occurrence. It is very unfortunate. These accidents and fatalities have become one too many. There is a need for general overhauling of safety codes in the mine. For now, we will submit ourselves to investigations and also use this time to revisit all safety practices before anything can continue,” the PRO said in an interview with Starr FM, which was monitored by ABC News.
The Chinese company, located at Talensi in the Upper East Region has recorded a string of disasters since May 26, 2013, when three small-scale miners lost their lives after gas from an explosive engulfed a mining tunnel.
Following this, two miners, in the same manner, died while another sustained severe injuries on April 2, 2014. In October the same year, three of the company’s employees also lost their lives when a mining pit collapsed on them.
Barely a year later, 2 other miners died and 8 were critically injured after an explosive went off underground in the same area.
At least 16 small-scale miners were rushed from the community to the Upper East Regional Hospital after inhaling poisonous gas from a mining explosive in 2016. Seven miners were trapped several feet down whilst scooping gold ore from the adventurous dark belly of the ground in September 2017. They all died in similar circumstances.
The company recorded the worst incident of deaths in January this year when 17 of its workers died in an explosive blast.
With all these happenings in one single community, some residents of Talensi who have been saddened by the latest development commented, “the Chinese will finish all our people.”