Fiji Times interviews miner who got an electric shock underground

Police patrol the Vatukoula Gold Mine last week. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Times has been bringing you developments at the Vatukoula Gold Mine ever since news of issues between a group of workers and management broke out on Tuesday last week.

The news team travelled to Vatukoula and spoke to representatives of the workers – who spoke on the condition of anonymity – about the issues they were facing.

They claimed there were serious safety concerns and the deaths of two people over a 12-month period and four others being victims of electric shock on Saturday, June 9, were among a string of issues at the mine.

Fijian Police have confirmed they had been called in by management because “of issues”.

The Mineral Resources department has confirmed that investigations had begun into all the issues.

Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited management had said it would be commenting in detail soon.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has called on the company to look into the miners’ issues and to address them with urgency.

Today, read about an exclusive interview with one of the four miners who suffered an electric shock while working underground and how the extent of electricity resulted in him being rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at the Lautoka hospital.

Grab a copy of The Fiji Times June 18 edition to read all about it, and also read the same in our E-Edition.

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