Ghana mining truck explosion kills 13, injures dozens more

The mining town of Apiate, Ghana, has been reduced to rubble after a mining truck carrying explosives reportedly detonated. According to Reuters, the blast on 21 January left a crater 66 feet in width and took with it hundreds of surrounding houses. It also blew the doors and roofs from other buildings. The truck, owned by Maxam, was reportedly working…

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MSHA Reports 32nd Fatality of the Year

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Nov. 17, a customer truck driver at East Coast Mines Ltd., Suffolk, N.Y., was electrocuted after the tarping mechanism on the trailer contacted a high-voltage overhead power line. While exiting the cab of the truck, the victim contacted the energized truck and received a nonfatal electrical shock.  When he tried…

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