The Mine Regulation and Control Agency (Arcom) temporarily suspended, on November30, the works in Platform 3 of the Mirador mining project (Zamora Chinchipe),administered by the Ecuacorriente company (ECSA), Ecuadorian subsidiary of the Chinese consortium CRCC – Tongguan
This was after two accidents occurred that claimed the lives of two workers. The suspension was given to verify what is failing in occupational health issues,said Vice Minister of Mining, Fernando Benalcázar. The measure requires that atechnical report be submitted, as well as a contingency plan to avoid further set backs.
Here called that the first problem occurred in October when a worker who was driving a dump truck died. The second was on November 30, when a mechanical shovel hit a worker.
According to reports from ECSA and Arcom, Angel Enrique Mankash Taish, 31, was the one who died that early morning. The young man provided services for the CRCC 19contractor on the mine’s discovery platform.
On the subject, Benalcázar said that the measure has been taken, “because no project, important as it may be, can compromise the life of any Ecuadorian.”
He also recalled that the previous accident occurred in the first days of October,when the driver of a dump truck, Jonathan Daniel Guzmán Guzmán, died in thenight, apparently due to a rollover.
When asked about the problems of projects such as Loma Larga and Río Blanco in Azuay, he explained that the authorities are respectful of the division of functions, but that they will exercise their rights. In the case of Río Blanco,an appeal will be sought before the Constitutional Court, but to do so, it must wait until it is elected. The Ministry filed an appeal on December 6 in the case of Loma Larga before the Electoral Court. (I)