Two miners died over the weekend in separate incidents in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); both were struck by falling trees.
The men are identified as Charles Joseph of Paramakatoi, Potaro-Siparuni and Ronald Albert, 30, of Issano, Cuyuni-Mazaruni
Commander of ‘F’ Division Ravendradat Budhram said that on Thursday last, Joseph was at Kaieteur backdam conducting mining activities when he was struck by a tree. Meanwhile, on Sunday at Issano backdam, Albert was in a mining pit when he was also struck by a tree resulting in his death. He said both men died on the spot.
Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes told Stabroek News last night that her ministry would be launching investigations into the deaths and would also issue a statement on the deaths as information becomes available.