Newmont Ghana Gold Limited and its engineering partner DRA Ghana Limited have been hit with a fine of more than $2.5 million following an accident that killed six workers on site in April this year.
Aside the fine, DRA Limited has also been banned from undertaking any construction project management on any mining site in the country, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said in a statement in Accra.
According to an investigative report, DRA Limited is to be further punished for operating at the Ahafo site without Mining Services Operation Permit which is a breach of a mining regulation in Ghana.
As part of the punitive measures, the company will for each day that it “had operated without the Mining Services Operating Permit, pay an additional fine of $200.”
“Newmont Ghana Gold Limited for failure to ensure the safety of contractor employees working at the Ahafo Mine Site shall pay the fatally wounded and the injured employees the appropriate workmen compensation,” the report said.
These were part of recommendations by a committee commissioned by the Lands and Natural Resource Ministry, John Peter Amewu to investigate circumstances that led to the disaster.
On April 7, this year, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited reported an accident at its Ahafo Mine, which resulted in multiple fatalities. Six people died and four other workers of contracted company Consar Limited sustained various degrees of injuries.
Consar is a contractor working under the supervision of DRA Ghana Limited, an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management agent of Newmont constructing a Reclaim Tunnel as part of the Ahafo Mill Expansion (AME) Project.
The employees were reportedly involved in pouring a mixture of concrete at the Reclaim Tunnel when the two-level formwork structure at the west end of the tunnel failed.
Consequently, the Lands Minister led a team of his ministry and Mineral Commission officials to visit the accident site at the Ahafo mine in order to ascertain on first-hand the cause and the circumstances leading to the accident