Following the latest death of a gold miner in a mining pit accident, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association today appealed to miners to adopt safer practices.
The Association today expressed its sadness over the recent death of miner and dredge owner, 64 year Donald Gouveia who perished after being trapped in a mining pit collapse at Micobie Backdam in Region Eight.
“GGDMA, therefore, urges the adaptation of practices and technology that not only increases the productivity but also the safety and health of workers. The GGDMA once again emphasizes that miners must pay particular attention to operating standards and safety procedures in all phases of mining. We call upon our members and miners to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety standards are followed,” the GGDMA said today in a statement.
The Association has reiterated that the mining sector is a high-risk, hazardous industry, and as a result, urges miners to follow good occupational health and safety practices. It said over the years it has always appealed to its members and the general mining community to adhere to and implement good safety practices.
“The role of proper and sound planning in ensuring better productivity and safety should be well recognized. Based on the results of various Commissions of Enquiry into mining incidents, we believe that many of the incidents that resulted in fatalities could have been avoided with better planning,” the GGDMA noted.
The Association said it is committed to working with the GGMC, Ministry of Labour, and the miners to reduce accidents in the mining sector and has once again appealed to all miners to recognize the fundamental importance of implementing good safety practices.