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Institutional failures caused Appiatse explosion

By Rhodaline Anane Mensah

Accra, Jan.27, – Dr.Solomon Owusu,a Ghanaian mining consultant based in united state of America, has linked the tragic incident that happened at Appiatse to institutional failures from both regulatory authorities and the explosive company.
According to the experienced mining engineer, ineffective explosives regulations, governmental control and strict supervision were not applied to ensure safe conveyance of the explosives.
He further enlightened the public on some of the important important globally accepted standardized procedures and requirements needed for transporting explosives on the road.
1.One light vehicle in front of the explosive truck to warn other road users and clear the road.

2.The vehicles should have definte arrangements to ensure that explosive truck has the right way and avoid potential collision.

3.The indicator light should be switched on.
4.A beacon light should be placed on top of the car and switched on.

4.Red flag with big” E”written in black at the middle should be mounted.

5.The distance between the escort vehicle and explosive truck should be at least 50m.

6.The speed should not exceed 60km/h.

7.The compartment of the truck that contains the explosives should be internally lined with a non-flammable wood.

8.The truck should be provided with two(2)fire extinguishers that are readily available for use and and kept in good working order at all times.These and many more he outlined during an interview with Okay fm programme with Afia pokua(Vim lady.)

Going forward, the mining consultant has admonished the minerals commission and Parliament to review and amend the LI 2177 to meet international standards for transporting explosives from a source to a destination.
Dr.Solomon Owusu has emphasized that the DVLA should include lessons or trainings that can educate road users on cautions and signs associated with explosives or any harzadous material transported on the road.

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