Appiatse Explosion: Union calls for national focus on health and safety

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The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union has urged the government to intervene swiftly through legislation to ensure that health and safety are given national prominence to avert future explosions like the one in the Appiatse community. 

 The Union called for an urgent need to deliberate about health and safety awareness among Ghanaians and integrate it into all spheres of the country’s life at the workplace, homes or public places. 

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Abdul-Moomin Gbana, the General Secretary of the Union and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

The statement expressed its deepest concern about the mining explosives disaster, which occurred on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Appiatse in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and destruction of the entire Appiatse community. 

The statement commended agencies and the government’s bold decision to rebuild the Appiatse Community and called on Ghanaians and corporate institutions to support the rebuilding efforts.

“As a trade Union that operates in mining communities, anything that adversely affects such communities affects us dearly considering that most of our members reside and work from or sometimes, in these communities. 

“Mining communities, therefore, need to be assured that mining and its related activities shall not endanger their lives and livelihoods,” the statement said.

The statement called on the relevant state agencies, particularly the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission, to step up its supervisory role on enforcement and compliance and provide basic training in health and safety on dangers associated with mining.

The Union called for thorough investigations to be conducted by an independent and impartial body in respect of the Appiatse community explosive disaster to establish the cause of the accident and recommend appropriate measures to forestall its recurrence.

“Whilst calling for an independent enquiry, the Union would also like to draw Government’s attention to the ramifications, particularly on jobs, as a consequence of a total shut down of the operations of Maxam Ghana Limited on the entire mining value chain.

 “It is, therefore, our considered view that investigations into the matter be expedited to ensure that jobs are saved and livelihoods ultimately protected,” it said.

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