Guyana government to probe fatal mining accident

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday October 31, 2011 – Government has announced that a full investigation would be conducted into Sunday’s fatal mining accident at Kwakwani, a village in the Upper Demerara-Berbice Region.

Franklyn Reece, 20, was killed, while another man remains hospitalised in critical condition after the wall of the bauxite mine they were sampling collapsed.

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who is also responsible for mining, has had discussions with the Minister of Labour Manzoor Nadir.

A government statement said a team of officers would be dispatched to determine the facts and to provide an immediate report on the accident.

“Early in this week, a team will be appointed to conduct a full investigation into this fatal accident in an effort to establish where regulations to ensure occupational safety and health might not have been satisfied, and to determine other factors, if any, that might have contributed to this unfortunate incident,” the government said.

The prime minister described the incident at the mine owned by Bauxite Company Guyana Inc. as unfortunate and extended condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

The prime minister also wished the injured man an early and full recovery. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)