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One dead in mining accident- GGMC

A section of the township of Mahdia.

One person was killed Thursday morning in a mining pit accident at Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni), prompting the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to urge miners to abide by safety standards.

The incident occurred at White Hole/ Red Hole area near Mahdia. Police identified the dead man as 48 years old Kerron Hubbard Lobert of Eccles, East Bank Demerara.

“The sustained awareness at all levels must be observed if these types of occurrences are to be avoided,” the regulatory agency said in referring to  recent publications on Mines Safety in weekend newspapers and on GGMC’s week radio programme.

“The heightened awareness that the field officers for GGMC have attached to safe mining practices have been well received by all the operations/operators visited but The GGMC calls on all miners to be cautious and aware of the typical hazards in mining and to follow mining and safety regulations to bring an end to these unnecessary accidents,” said the agency.

GGMC said its officials and those from other agencies were being dispatched to the area to acquire more details about the incident that occurred at about 9:30 AM.

According to the GGMC, that area was among those targeted for inspection during the post Mowasi accident response, when operators/operations were educated on safety issues, encouraged to adopt a safety culture and regulatory compliance was enforced where determined to be necessary.