• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

‘We never breached safety regulations but we’ll pay $6M fine’ – Maxam company

Maxam Ghana Limited, the firm at the center of the explosion in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region, has stated that it has never broken any safety laws in the shipping of explosives.

The company’s clarification comes after the authorities slapped it with a $6 million fine.

According to a government statement, the fine was imposed after a report from a three-member committee appointed by the Minister to conduct independent investigations into the matter found that the company had engaged in some regulatory violations in the manufacture, storage, and transportation of explosives for mining and other civil works.

Maxam Ghana Limited, on the other hand, denied breaking mining restrictions in a statement, but pledged to pay the government’s $6 million penalties.

“Based on a different interpretation of the applicable regulations, we believe that Maxam has not committed any of those breaches, however, to ensure the continuity of the business, to be able to supply our customers, to protect the employment of our workers and sub-contractors, Maxam has decided to pay the fine and will comply with the measures of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources,” a portion of a statement issued by Maxam Ghana Limited said.

 

The government had already terminated Maxam Ghana Limited’s license days after its vehicle bringing explosives to Chirano Gold Mines was involved in a massive explosion that killed and injured over 100 people.

As a condition for the restoration of Maxam Ghana Limited’s permission, the government has imposed a series of measures on the company.

The corporation has pledged to follow the Ministry’s new regulatory measures, and has stated that it would do so “continue to conduct its operations in accordance with the laws of Ghana and international best practices.”

The tragedy has sparked a discussion about whether the Minerals and Mining (Explosives) Regulations, 2012, are being followed (L.I 2177).

Per Regulation 33- (Permit to transport explosives):

1) A person who holds an operating licence under regulations 22 to 27 may apply for a permitted asset out in Form P in the Second Schedule to transport a specific type and amount of explosives

2) A person who transports under a Form P permit shall give notice to the Chief Inspector about the type and amount of explosives to be transported at least forty-eight hours before the explosives are transported.

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