London, (Business News Report) – A full investigation should be opened into the recent explosion of a truck carrying explosives to a goldmine in Ghana managed by the Canadian Kinross company, said ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies.
Last Thursday, a vehicle carrying explosives used in mining collided with a motorcycle and blew up in a town in western Ghana.
The explosion left at least 17 people dead and injuring dozens, according to the government.
Justice for those killed, maimed, and made homeless by what could be a reckless contravention of safety standards must leave no stone unturned, ImpACT said.
The London-based human rights think tank added that should liability be established by the injury, and warrant it, corporate manslaughter should be one of the possible sanctions available to authorities in both Ghana and Canada.
If proper safety measures, able to prevent serious accidents under all eventualities, were not followed, instituted, or established as a condition placed upon subcontractors, then the company should be held liable, ImpACT said.
ImpACT called for holding accountable directors and those who may have instituted a regime that led to this very preventable disaster must be held liable; financially and criminally.
Large explosive laden lorries should not detonate from an accident resulting from a collision with a much smaller motorcycle as occurred in Ghana, the think tank said.
ImpACT International called on the authorities in both Ghana and Canada to mount a full investigation, backed up the force of law.
Legislative changes are also needed that hold people liable not only for a specific breach of safety regulations as may have occurred in Ghana but also for failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that disasters, as has been so sadly seen in Ghana, do not happen anywhere else, ImpACT said.
Regardless of any investigation the goldmine run by Canada’s Kinross company should do the right thing and unilaterally and fully compensate those effected, and their families, by this disaster, the think tank said.
Robert Oulds, Executive Director of ImpACT International, states: “The many victims of those whose lives have been devastated by this disaster, and their families, deserve not only compensation but also justice.”
“Action is also needed. There must also be a new environment where shareholders, owners, directors, managers, and safety inspectors, along with local authorities and regulators know that any breach of safety or failing to enforce sufficient measures will result in fines and forfeiture of freedom for those who let disasters happen,” he added.