Three people have died and 14 others required medical treatment at a gold mine in Ghana, after inhaling toxic fumes. a spokes person for the Shaanxi Mining Company, Maxwell Wooma has said: “We can confirm that three people have died out of the inhalation of toxic fumes from our underground operations.”
An investigation has been launched but the company said those affected were two groups of underground “cleaners” tasked with cleaning rock particles after blasting in the mine. “This is the first time we have suffered this,” said Wooma. “We adhere strictly to the mining regulations and safety standards for the five to six years that we have been operating and developing this mine.”
Ghana is Africa’s second largest gold producer and exports of the yellow metal, along with other minerals and oil, helped boost the country’s economic growth in recent years until a recent slide.