…miners operating without advice, guidance or clearance – Commander
Since the year began, there have been four mining deaths recorded where the pits that those miners were working in, caved in. Illegal mining has been cited as the cause for most, if not all, of these fatalities for the first quarter of 2019.
Dead is Edward Daniels.
Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis told Guyana Times that this latest mining incident that has claimed a life took place in Region Eight.
According to Commander Adonis, one injured miner is still hospitalised but is said to be in a stable condition at the Mahdia District Hospital while his co-workers have been treated and sent home.
It was explained that the individuals who lost their lives during the first quarter of this year at the various mining camps were “recklessly” operating those illegal mining operations.
The Commander explained that the illegal miners ventured into mining pits, which were either abandoned by large mining companies or had been left unattended for some period, and commenced working there without proper advice, guidance or clearance.
While the option of mining at those locations would have been to earn an income, the Commander said that these persons are “literally putting themselves at risk”.
Just last month, 18-year-old Emanuel Narine of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was working along with others in a mining pit at Oko Baramally, Sand Hill Backdam, Region 10, when the pit caved in, completely covering him. The impact of the rubble falling on the teen broke his neck and caused his demise.
In February last, 17-year-old Mazaruni miner Romeo Ruben lost his life when the walls of a mining pit in which he was working caved in at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni.
Then in January last, another miner, 54-year-old Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Reservation, Upper Mazaruni, lost his life.
Based on information received, Hunter along with others were working in the pit when a wall suddenly collapsed, covering him in the process.
The other workers reportedly attempted to get him from under the debris, but by the time they did, he had already succumbed.