Maxam Ltd fined over truck blast

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Maxam Ltd fined over truck blast

Maxam Ghana Limited has been fined by the government of Ghana €5.25 million over the deadly explosion truck explosion that occurred last month, killing at least thirteen people and leaving dozens injured.

The accident involved a collision between a truck loaded with explosives with another vehicle and caught fire. It triggered a colossal explosion that completely destroyed Apeatse, a village in the Prestea Huni-Valley municipality near the town of Bogoso. The vehicle had belonged to Maxam’s Ghana branch and was on its way to an internationally-run gold mine.

Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources said thee Madrid-based mining company had been fined for violating storage and transport laws.

Responsibility

“The ministry imposed the fine due to the nature and the totality of the circumstance leading to this tragic incident. The government has given Maxam a $1 million administrative fine for breaching regulations and imposed a $5 million fee for damages, to be paid out in monthly installments,” said Ghana’s Lands Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor.

Maxam denied responsibility for the January explosion and blamed a local contractor called Arthanns Logistics whom they had contracted to transport the explosives. They however said in a statement that it would pay the government’s €5.25 million fine so it could continue operating.

Arthanns, whose full name is Arthanns Transport Services, did not respond to requests for comment. It and another local firm called Jocyderk Logistics are being investigated for possible ties to the explosion, the lands ministry said. The actions of unspecified officials are also being reviewed.

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