In West Virginia, coal mining is a way of life. Many readers work in the mining industry or know and love someone who does. As the demand on coal has decreased overall, the number of workers injured in coal mines every year has also decreased. However, there are still inherent risks faced by miners every day, and coal mine accidents still occur.
Recently, a coal miner died in an accident at the Lower War Eagle Mine. It is reported that he came into contact with a belt roller, but other details regarding the accident and the extent of the injuries is not known at this time. The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is investigating the incident, as is Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The deceased was the fire boss and belt operator for the mine, and his accident serves as a reminder that every worker is at risk for injury, no matter his or her skill level. When a person is injured in a coal mine, he or she is rightfully entitled to compensation for certain losses and medical treatment. Families of those killed in accidents may have a claim to benefits and compensation.
This tragic accident underscores the importance of knowing one’s rights and options after an accident at work. Coal mine accidents can have a tragic impact on a family, but the right legal team can help those left behind understand available options, as well as provide assistance in pursuit of a legal remedy to their financial frustration. These situations are daunting, and the aftermath should not be faced alone.
Source: wvmetronews.com, “Mining accident claims life at Wyoming County operation“, Chris Lawrence, Jan. 4, 2016