Construction work has began on the site
Construction work has began on the site

The Project Manager of Amandi Holding Limited, Mr. Majdi Safadi, has said the construction company would always bench-mark its operations in accordance with international safety standards to ensure the safety of people around its operational area.Amandi

He assured Ghanaians that the company would not undertake any activity that would threaten the safety and security of residents within its catchment area.

Mr. Safadi said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in response to allegations made by some residents of Kojokrom in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis that it had blasted some rocks along the Right-of-Way of the ongoing construction of the five-kilometre Sekondi-Kojokrom rail lines.

He said although blasting of heavy rocks took place along the Right-of-Way of the construction works, the residents of the area were adequately informed about the exercise to vacate the area, and also asked them to take precautionary measures to ensure their safety.

He said before the planned blasting of the rocks, the Minerals Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the police and all other relevant state agencies were informed, and that they subsequently provided officials to observe the exercise, which took place around 1530 hours on January 21.

Mr. Safadi said although some pieces of rocks from the blasting flew to some houses near the construction site, the safety officers of the company had visited those houses to record any cracks to buildings and property and would adequately compensate affected persons.

He said two persons who suffered trauma due to the loud sound created by the blast were sent to a health facility and were treated and discharged the same day, while individuals who later reported of injuries were taken care of.

A visit by the GNA to the site where the blasting took place revealed that some buildings located along the Right-of-Way of the project suffered some minor cracks while some roofing sheets were damaged.

Mr. Francis Dadzie, a resident at the area, confirmed to the GNA that the company announced the planned blasting of the rocks which were hindering the progress of work, and, therefore, vacated the house before the exercise took place.

He, therefore, advised his colleagues who are staying within the catchment of the project to always take precautionary measures whenever such announcements were made to avert injuries.

GNA

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