Nyatike Gold Miner Crushed to Death
Aug 08, 2011 (Nairobi Star/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — An artisan miner out to look for gold in a quarry yesterday was crushed to death by a machine in Nyatike. Confirming the incident, Nyatike OCPD Samuel Anampiu said the powerful machine held the man by the helm of his clothes and pulled him towards grinders. The 19-year-old man who is yet to be identified was at Mikei Minefield where he worked as a crusher. The OCPD said the man was starting the machine but suddenly his coat was grabbed from his left side and pulled him into the machine crushing him to death. The OCPD said preliminary investigation reveals that the man was fatigued and sleepy after long working hours. The OCPD called on the minefields in the area to adhere to safety standards. The incident is one among many reported in the area in the recent past. Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga called on the government to make sure that those working in the quarries are well protected from work-related hazards. He said workers worked under deplorable conditions devoid of protective clothing. Anyanga urged the government provide safety gears. He said previous appeals have fallen on deaf ears. He blames this on corruption involving employers and labour officials. Recently four gold miners were killed and two others admitted after inhaling poisonous gas in a gold mine at Akala Site mine, central Kadem location in Nyatike District. During the incident, 10 of the miners managed to escape while two were later rescued by their colleagues.