Coal mine accidents are an unfortunate reality in the coal industry. West Virginia readers are familiar with the risks associated with mining, but it should be noted that the risk for accidents extends to others, such as electricians working with or near a mine. Coal mine accidents can leave workers injured or dead, leaving families facing emotional and financial difficulties.
A recent accident in West Virginia caused a tragic death and severe injury of two workers attempting to repair wiring near a Marshall County mine. Original copper wiring had been stolen from an electrical line and was in the process of being replaced. According to a report on the accident, the neutral wiring somehow came in contact with live wires.
One of the electrical workers died at the scene of the accident, and the other endured serious injuries. The entire incident is currently under investigation by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. The cause of the accident is either not known or not specified at this time. Victims injured at work, including those employed in the mining industry, can explore options for recovery in addition to or including workers' compensation benefits.
Electrical workers are not immune to the risk of coal mine accidents, but there are many precautions that should be taken to protect the safety of these workers. A closer investigation of this particular incident will reveal if employer negligence played a role in the accident. This will also determine the options and rights of the victims and families moving forward.
Source: wvpublic.org, "Marshall Co. Sheriff: One Killed, One Injured In Electrical Accident", Nov. 3, 2014