Newmont Ahafo Mines,  Consar Ltd and  DRA hit with hefty fine of 2.5 Million US Dollars

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Newmont Ahafo Mines, Consar Ltd and DRA hit with hefty fine of 2.5 Million US Dollars

The Management of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Ahafo Mine and Consar Limited working under the supervision of DRA Ghana Limited( an Engineering,Pr

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The Management of Newmont Ghana
Gold Limited, Ahafo Mine and
Consar Limited working under the supervision of DRA Ghana Limited( an
Engineering,Procurement,Construction and Management (EPCM agent of NGGL) have been fined to a time of 2.5 Million US Dollars.

This is as a result of an accident which occurred on the 7th April 2018 during the construction of a Reclaim Tunnel as part of the Ahafo Mill Expansion (AME) Project in Ahafo Kenyase.

Employees were reportedly involved in pouring a mixture of concrete at the Reclaim
Tunnel when the two-level formwork structure at the west collapse.

The incident led to
multiple fatalities (six dead) and various degrees of injuries to four other workers of
Consar Limited
On 7th April 2018.

On the Sunday 8th April, 2018 the Hon. Minister led a team of Ministry and Mineral
Commission officials to visit the accident site at the Ahafo mine in order to ascertain on
firsthand the cause and the circumstances leading to the accident.

The Hon. Minister
and the team also visited the deceased families to commiserate with them as well as
the injured.

Further to the above and pursuant to Regulation 16(1)(c) of L.I. 2182, the Hon. Minister constituted an investigation team under the auspices of the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Comission

The objectives of the enquiry were:

• To find out the cause(s) leading to the fatal injury

• To find out whether there were standard operating procedures, which were complied with in consonance with tenets of the Minerals and Mining (Health,
Safety and Technical) Regulations, 2012 (LI 2182).

• To find out whether any negligence or omission was occasioned

• To find out the occasion of lapses leading to the accident

• To find out the occurrence of any operational challenges leading to the accident

• To institute corrective and preventive measures to obviate any future occurrence
of the incident.

• To effect appropriate sanctions if any.

After the findings and recommendations detailed below The Hon. Minister as per the Minerals and Mining Act 2006, Act 703 Section 5(1) directed as follows:

1. For their contribution to the accident and save the implementation of item (i) and (ii) of the recommendations below by the Government of Ghana i.e. suspension and /or revocation of operating licence:

a. DRA Ghana Limited is to pay an additional fine of US$2 million;

b. NGGL is to pay an additional fine of US$500,000; and

c. Consar Ghana Limited is to pay an additional fine of US$200,000.

2. DRA should open a fully functioning local office in Ghana which is manned by a resident Managing Director within two weeks upon receipt of this report.

The report also reiterated that, in general, safety of workers at all mine sites in Ghana is of paramount interest to government.

To this end, all operators on all mines sites in Ghana are also reminded that they are to comply with all laws, regulations and terms of their licences without fail.

Failure to do so would come with sanctions which could include withdrawal of their
licences as well as other punitive penalties.
All operators at all mine sites in Ghana are therefore to take note of these directives and
strictly comply with them forthwith.

FINDINGS OF INVESTIGATIONS

On 18th May 2018, a copy of the Report of the investigation Team was
presented/submitted to the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources. The investigations
which took almost five weeks came up with several findings which bordered on design,
operational and managerial failures leading to the fatalities and casualties. The Ministry
has been reliably informed that NGGL has already deployed resources to support the
injured and the families of the deceased victims.

RECOMMENDATIONS
The investigations team has come out with the following recommendations:

I. Newmont Ghana Gold Limited Ahafo Mine shall suspend DRA Ghana Limited
from all their activities at NGGL Ahafo Mine for failure to ensure the absolute
health, safety and security of their contractor employees and therefore in branch
of Regulation 553, LI 2182 of 2012.

II. DRA Ghana Limited shall be dismissed from undertaking any construction project
management on any mining site in Ghana for their blunt disregard for safety.

III. DRA Ghana Limited shall be fined US$10,000 for operating at the Ahafo site
without Mining Services Operation Permit (breach of Regulation 8(4 and 5) LI 2182 of 2012) and for each day that the Company had operated without the
Mining Services Operating Permit, an additional fine of US$200 shall be
imposed.

IV. Newmont Ghana Gold Limited shall also be fined US$10,000 for failure to ensure
that DRA Ghana Limited obtains a Mining Services Operating Permit prior to
commencing operations at the Ahafo Site (breach of Regulation 8(4 and 5) LI 2182 of 2012) and for each day that the Company had operated without the Mine
Support Operating Permit, an additional fine of US$200 shall be imposed.

V. 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. In addition, the
fatally wounded employees should be compensated for their traumatic death,
loss of their life and jettisoning of their livelihood.

VI. NGGL shall be fined US$10,000 for breach of Regulation 23(1), L.I. 2182 of
2012).

VII. Mr. Osei Owusu Adansi (Supervisor of Consar Ltd.) shall be dismissed from
working as a supervisor at the A.M.E. Project site, for not ensuring the safety of
his workmen (breaches of Regulations 550 and 553, L.I. 2182 of 2012).

VIII. In the event of a major spill of concrete mixture during pouring, Consar Limited
shall ensure that pouring of concrete mixture into formworks shall be halted, and
a report should be made to the Project Managers for assessment and decision
making.

IX. There shall be no work underneath any erected formworks during the pouring of
concrete mixtures. Work can only take place after the concrete mixture had been certified to be cured by a competent person.

X. Consar Limited in continuing their work shall develop and implement controls to
prevent workers from working beneath suspended load across the entire site with
immediate effect.

XI. The designs and construction of all formworks at the A.M.E. Project shall be
reviewed immediately to take into consideration the horizontal forces on the
haunch/chamfer at the edges of slabs.

XII. Provisions shall be made in all designs and construction of formworks for
diagonal or cross and horizontal bracings for all Projects on the Mine.

XIII. Newmont shall immediately review all organograms to ensure that The General
Manager has oversight responsibilities over all projects pursuant to Regulation 40 and 55, LI. 2182 of 2012. For this breach NGGL shall be fined US$10,000.
XIV. Further, NGGL shall ensure that Functional Managers have control and oversight
responsibilities over the operational activities of all Projects on the Mine.

XV. NGGL shall immediately review its organizational structure to be consistent with
operational responsibilities of the statutorily appointed managers to remedy the
breach of the requirements under Regulation 35, LI. 2182 of 2012. For this
breach NGGL shall be fined US$10,000.

XVI. General Manager of NGGL, Ahafo Mine shall ensure absolute responsibility of all
the activities of Contractors over the life of the A.M.E. Project.

XVII. There shall be a civil supervisor and Safety Officer always present at the site
during all operations by all contractors.

XVIII. All props shall be aligned vertically and braced appropriately during all such
installations of formwork and supports.

XIX. All formworks designed by a Certified Engineer shall be inspected ad proved by
same after installation.

XX. All Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) of all activities at the A.M.E. Project shall specify
responsible and accountable persons for each task.
XXI. Consar Limited shall provide logbooks on site to record instructions, activities etc.

XXII. Consar Limited shall provide details of their Emergency Response Plans to the
Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission by May 30, 2018. Consar
Limited shall be fined US$10,000 each for failure to have site specific emergency
response plan.

XXIII. NGGL shall be fined US$10,000 for not ensuring that DRA Ghana Limited and
Consar Limited had emergency response plan.

XXIV. Newmont shall review its emergency Reponses Plan to include construction
related scenarios by May 30, 2018.

XXV. Consar Limited shall immediately ensure that risk assessment completed for the
tasks have adequate controls.

XXVI. All concrete mixing trucks for Consar Limited shall have waybills in them.

XXVII. Consar Limited shall ensure careful supervision and continuous inspection of formwork during erection, concrete placement, and removal of formwork.

XXVIII. Consar Limited shall remove the deformed formwork and iron rods and fix new
ones before the concrete slab is recast.

XXIX. All the conveyor support structure, equipment and chutes which had been
installed prior to pouring the concrete mixture, shall be removed to enable the
appropriate supports to be erected prior to recasting the slab.

XXX. NGGL shall ensure that all agents and contractors working at the Ahafo Mine site
identify, label and communicate exclusive zones to workers each day prior to
commencement of task.

XXXI. NGGL shall ensure that all contractors on the Mine have Mine Support Services
Operating Permits.

XXXII. Henceforth there shall be counterpart Ghanaian Consulting Engineers and
Architects for all Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management
activities at all mine sites in fulfillment of Local Content requirements.

Source : Ahafo News.

Culled from Investigations Report

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