Accidents recorded at mines across the country, in 2014, indicate a 39 per cent decline over the 2013 figure, Mr Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, has announced.
He said annual non-injury incidents in the mining industry also declined by 300 basis points between 2013 and 2014.
Mr Koney said this, in a speech read on his behalf at the Zone-One Inter-Mines Safety and First Aid Competition, organised by the Ghana Chamber of Mines, the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission, and Perseus Mining Limited at Ayanfuri in the Central Region.
The event on the theme: “Safety All the Way” was attended by the Golden Star Wassa Limited, AngloGold Ashanti, Iduapriem Ltd Tarkwa, Gold Star Bogoso Prestea Limited, and the Perseus Mining Ghana Limited.
It was to showcase the mining industry’s awareness and preparedness to mitigate safety and health impacts in the mines and mining communities and to disseminate knowledge on Health, Safety and First aid to residents in mining communities.
Mr Koney said a safe and healthy workplace would increase productivity, contribute towards sustainable development, and create a positive image for the company and the sector.
He noted that safety was not only about saving lives after accidents but about preventing accidents that endangered the lives of mine workers.
On the challenges, he said the mining industry was currently under pressure from unstable gold price on the world market, explaining that since august 2014 the industry had been challenged by the load shedding exercise.
“The unplanned load-shedding has resulted in materials solidifying in the process plants, causing damage to sensitive equipment on the mines, especially the processing plants” he stated.
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