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Dept Concerned With Social Media Allegations On Mine Death

Mineral Resources Department acting director, Apete Soro, has raised concerns over the inac­curate information circulating on social media regarding the death of the Chi­nese national at Vatukoula Gold Mines. Mr
05 Jan 2019 10:20
Dept Concerned With Social Media Allegations On Mine Death

Mineral Resources Department acting director, Apete Soro, has raised concerns over the inac­curate information circulating on social media regarding the death of the Chi­nese national at Vatukoula Gold Mines.

Mr Soro said it was unfortunate that in­accurate allegations in relation to the in­cident were spread through social media.

“The single most concern by the depart­ment is the level of inaccurate reporting through the social media that paints a negative picture of VGML and the min­eral sector,” he said.

“Reporting of such incidents should come from credible sources and report responsibly, as it adds insult to the victim and the victim’s relatives.”

The 47-year-old Chinese national lost his life at the mines last Saturday after rocks were said to have fallen on his head.

Mr Soro said the Ministry was made aware of the incident on December 29, 2018 in the morning where the accident was estimated to have occurred an hour earlier before that.

He said along with the incident, another Chinese national was injured in the same incident but was sent to Tavua Hospital and later transferred to the Lautoka Hos­pital for examination. He was later dis­charged.

“At this juncture, the projected cause of fatality is rock fall as the Department’s preliminary investigation continues,” Mr Soro said.

“The accident resulted in a fatality and a lost time injury with both casualties be­ing expatriate employees of a specialised mining firm contracted by VGML to sink a new ventilation or haulage shaft for the Vatukoula Gold Mines, otherwise known as Dolphin Shaft.

“Mines Inspectors of the Mineral Re­sources Department mobilised and at­tended to the accident site immediately and have been conducting their investi­gations.

“The preliminary investigation is ongo­ing, once completed a Board of Inquiry will then follow up.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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