In exactly one week, a formal investigation will be launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of the BOSAI Minerals Ground Bulldozer operator who was killed two weeks ago. The news of the probe was announced by Minister of Labour, Joseph Hamilton today.
According to Minister Hamilton, the investigation will commence next Monday, and will last for a total of six weeks. Hamilton said, “The team shall hold the investigation in open court in such a manner and under such conditions as the court may think most effective for ascertaining the causes and circumstances of the accident.”
He noted that competent persons have been appointed to serve on the investigating team whose main purpose will be “to determine the cause (s) of the accident and make recommendations for the prevention of accidents generally and more in particular the recurrence of similar accidents.”
Last week, Hamilton had announced that the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) would have been appointed in accordance with Section 72 (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:06 Laws of Guyana, which gives the minister the power to direct a formal investigation into any accident that occurs in the course of employment.
On March 11, 2023, Neptrid Hercules went missing while operating a CAT D9T Dozer at the East Montgomery Mine. After a painful and extensive search, Hercules was finally found several days later, buried in site material and trapped in the machine.