Minerals Commission shuts down Maxam Company after Appiatse explosion

Following the explosion at Bogoso-Appiatse in the Western Region, the Minerals Commission has ordered the shut down of the operations of Maxam Company Limited.

The exact location where the explosion happened.

Maxam is the company that was transporting the explosives for mining.

According to the Western Regional Manager of the Minerals Commission, Isaac K Mwimbelle, the closure of the company has become necessary for his outfit to take drastic measures to forestall future happenings.

He said the shutdown of the entity is to pave way for further investigations and mentioned that a final report will be forwarded to the Head Office of the Commission in Accra for onward submission to the sector Minister.

He added that the Minerals Commission has issued a prohibition notice to the company, barring them from undertaking any form of activity at the site.

“Based on the initial investigations that we are conducting, we find it prudent to evoke the law which states that if the inspector has any reason to believe some operation can result in further danger, then we should cause a cessation of same.

“We went to Maxam and asked them to stop work while we continue the investigations and make necessary recommendations to the CEO for onward submission to the Hon. Minister.

“We issued what we called a prohibition notice which means they are not allowed to hold any activity on the site and they are to remove equipment from the site for their own safety.

To ensure that the directive is enforced, Mr. Isaac Mwimbelle stated that the Commission has deployed two members of staff to stay at the site.

Maxam Company Limited was transporting explosives when their vehicle was involved in an accident at Appiatse. The explosives went off destroying the whole town, killing at least 13 people, injuring many and destroying properties.


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