Apiate Explosion: GhISEP Advice The Public To Stay Calm And Not To Play Game

Apiate Explosion: GhISEP Advice The Public To Stay Calm And Not To Play Game

Due to explosion at Apiate near Bogoso in the Western Region that takes many lives, 
The Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals (GhISEP) has advised the public to play blame games.

“GhISEP commiserates with the families of victims of the explosion at Apiate near Bogoso in the Western Region, which occurred yesterday, January 20th, 2022. GhISEP applauds all stakeholders who supported rescue efforts for their commitment to reducing the explosion’s impact.

“As the foremost Occupational Health and Safety Professional Body, GhISEP has taken a keen interest in the disaster and ongoing commentary on the possible contributory factors. We wish to caution against any blame, but urge that an independent investigation is carried out to determine the systemic lapses (if any) that may have engineered the disaster.

“GhISEP is willing to make its expertise available to help unearth the root cause and proffer needed remedial actions to avert future disasters to help stem the growing trend of similar tragedies while contributing to saving lives properties and protecting the environment.

“Once again, our sincere condolences to the distraught families and mourning nation. GhISEP, promoting Safety and Sustainable Environment.”

“The Minister also, on 21st January 2022 directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission to interdict the Chief Inspector of Mines with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the tragic event which took place at Apiate,” a statement said.

“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.

“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.