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The hazardous nature of small scale underground mining in Ghana

Small scale mining continues to contribute significantly to the growth of Ghana's economy. However, the sector poses serious dangers to human health and the environment. Ground failures resulting from poorly supported stopes have led to injuries and fatalities in recent times. Dust and fumes from drilling and blasting of ore present health threats due to poor ventilation. Four prominent small scale underground mines were studied to identify the safety issues associated with small scale underground mining in Ghana. It is recognized that small scale underground mining in Ghana is inundated with unsafe acts and conditions including stope collapse, improper choice of working tools, absence of personal protective equipment and land degradation. Inadequate monitoring of the operations and lack of regulatory enforcement by the Minerals Commission of Ghana are major contributing factors to the environmental, safety and national security issues of the operations.

Additional Info

Author(s)
K J Bansah, A B Yalley, N Dumakor-Dupey
Publication Year
2016
Associated Partners
Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Mines and Technology, Safety & Environmental Research Consultancy
Language
English
Publishing Institution Webpage
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2300396016300039#!
Data Source Classification
Academic Study
Research Type
Secondary
Research Methodology
Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH
Thematic Tags
Social, Health and Safety, Labor and Working Conditions, Livelihoods, Technological, Equipment, Extraction, Processing, Legal, Laws and Regulations, Mineral Rights, Environmental, Land, Mercury, Water
Minerals
Diamond, Gold
Region
East Asia & Pacific, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Chine, Ghana, Indonesia, South Africa
Last Updated
November 18, 2020