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Sand harvester dies as quarry caves in

16 February 2016, 12:21 Joseph Njung'eh

Murang'a - A sand harvester has died and another injured after the quarry they were working in collapsed at Githuri location in Murang’a County.

Stephen Thiong’o, 41, died on the spot as his co-worker Patrick Mbugua escaped with critical injuries.

Confirming the accident, Murang’a East OCPD, Johnston Limo said it took police more than five hours to remove the body from the rubble.

He said police got information from area residents several hours after the incident, adding that it took his officers several hours to mobilize machinery for the rescue.

Following the incident, sand harvesting activities in the area have been suspended until the government is satisfied that necessary precautionary measures put in place are adhered to.

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Limo regretted that local residents have been ignoring safety guidelines.

“Sand harvesting activities have been on the increase in the area, with majority of workers ignoring safety measures and procedures,” said the OCPD.

“For now, we are going to suspend sand harvesting till further notice,” Limo said.

He added that they had visited the site with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) officials early this year, and had advised locals to adopt layer sand harvesting method which is safe.

Limo explained that the layer sand harvesting method reduces the risk of quarry collapse as soil layers are removed one after the other, ensuring there is always a stable surface to operate on.

The body of the deceased was taken to Murang’a district hospital mortuary, while the injured is recuperating at Murang’a County hospital.

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