President David Granger has directed that an independent inquiry be conducted into the latest mining death that occurred on Tuesday.
Major General (retired) Joseph Singh has been named as the person who will conduct the inquiry. The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has already commenced arrangements for the sessions which are expected to commence by the end of this week in Mahdia.
The GGMC confirmed that 19-year-old Trentan Sebastian, a pitman, died during the pit collapse on Tuesday. He was with four others who were at the time working on a dredge owned by Sherwin Grenada who resides at Westminster Parfait Harmony.
The deceased was reportedly jetting the mining face when undercut material fell in his direction and he was unable to escape its path. He was overcome before he could be extracted and was pronounced dead at the Mahdia Hospital where he was examined.
In the meantime no work is permitted at the location and officers of the GGMC continue in their efforts to monitor operations in the area and appeal to miners to embrace a safety foremost culture while operating.