Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) has confirmed that independent test results show that there was no work-related poisoning of employees due to an alleged leakage from a cyanide storage tank at its mine site at Gold Ridge on Guadalcanal.

GRML Acting General Manager Keith Nielsen said, an independent test result, which his office now has a copy of, had detected small readings of compounds associated with cyanide that are linked to cigarette smoking.

He said the readings were within the ranges expected from cigarette smoking rather than cyanide poisoning.

Mr Nielsen said GRML denied claims by mine workers that they were poisoned while removing rain water from a storage tank.

He said GRML had followed appropriate international standards when dealing with recent cyanide issues and at no time were employees at risk of cyanide poisoning.

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