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Response time crucial for coal mine accidents in West Virginia

Certain professions are considered to be more hazardous than others, often requiring strict safety protocols to reduce the chance of a workplace injury. For companies in West Virginia, properly training employees in these procedures is imperative, especially for coal miners. Unfortunately, coal mine accidents still occur, often resulting in serious injury to anyone involved. A miner suffered several broken bones in a recent accident in another state.

The accident occurred several miles underground where a man was pinned between the head of a mining machine and a wall. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the hospital for treatment. Upon examination, the machine was found to be in proper working condition, and the area was not deemed hazardous. The area has been closed off while further investigation into the accident is underway.

Many miners work underground, sometimes miles below the surface. If an accident occurs, it could take time for medical assistance to arrive. Companies may have procedures in place to account for similar circumstances, but it is impossible to predict when and where an accident will take place. Without swift response, the result of an accident so far underground is often catastrophic.

Although reports note that the man is in stable condition, he may still face many hardships. Medical expenses can be extensive, and if forced to take time off work, loss of income can make the situation challenging to overcome. Individuals who are injured in coal mine accidents may seek financial relief through the workers' compensation insurance system. Since this can be complex, people in West Virginia often speak with an experienced attorney for assistance in navigating the process.

Source: wcyb.com, "UPDATE: 29-year-old miner suffers several broken bones in Buchanan County", Preston Ayres, Feb. 17, 2017

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