PPIZ calls for enhanced safety measures in mines

By Staff Reporter

The Public Policy Institute of Zambia (PPIZ) has observed the need for all mining firms to have Mining Safety Policy in place to avoid occupational hazards in the industry.
PPIZ President Fabian Chewe said that the government should ensure that safety measures were strengthened in the mining industry.

“It is unfortunate that the country has continued to record accidents in the mining sector,” he said.

He said that the mines should ensure that the Mining Safety Policy is implemented to the later.

He added that the Ministry of Labour’s Factories Department should also work hard in enforcing the Factories Act in partnership with the Ministry of Mines.

He further stated that the two ministries should as well intensify inspections to ensure that the mining firms were adhering to the mining safety standards.

Two miners on Tuesday died at Mopani Copper Mine in Kitwe after a blasting accident.
The accident happened between 06 hours and 07 hours at SOB mine shaft during a blasting.
The two miners were employees of Reliant Drilling, a contractor engaged by Mopani Copper mine.