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Fiji’s Vatukoula gold mine has been shut down over safety fears.
Mineral Resources Minister – Faiyaz Koya has confirmed to FBC News a shutdown notice was issued last night.
He says no underground operations will be carried out until the completion of a safety audit.
“So at the moment, we’ve decided to shut it down, shut down the underground operations, everybody’s been called up, Yes, administrative stuff up the top is fine, it’s just the underground staff are been called up until we complete the full audit.”
This action comes after a man working in one of the four operational shafts died as a result of falling rocks.
Only last week one worker broke his arm in addition to a few other workers suffering injuries.
Vatukoula Gold Mine has close to 1500 workers.
“Well it should’nt affect the workers at all except they obviously won’t be able to go underground, but the mine is expected to pay their staff whilst the audit is been completed.”
Koya says a safety audit had initially begun in February after a sink hole was discovered at the mine.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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