Individuals who work in the mining industry are often required to work in and around heavy equipment on a daily basis. When coupled with potentially unstable and/or hazardous areas, the danger to the health of a minor could increase significantly. Although companies in West Virginia take precautions to protect employees, preventing all coal mine accidents can be challenging. A recent incident at a mine in another state resulted in the death of a man after a 100-foot fall.
According to reports, the 62-year-old man had worked in the mining industry for over 20 years. At the time of the incident, he was apparently operating a 100-ton haul truck when it suddenly fell over the side of a 100-foot ledge. Although there was no indication of the exact cause of the accident, it was asserted that an instability in the ground may have been a contributing factor.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reportedly initiated an investigation into the incident. Countless families have lost loved ones in such tragic accidents over the years, causing them to experience periods of emotional and financial struggles. Although the emotional side may heal with time, assistance may be available for monetary losses.
Families of victims of fatal coal mine accidents often seek financial relief due to the devastating consequences of these tragedies. Many of them find it beneficial to retain the services of an attorney experienced in handling claims arising from serious injuries or deaths occurring on the job in coal mines. An attorney in West Virginia can also assist a family in pursuing compensation from all applicable sources.
Source: chronline.com, “Curtis Man Killed in Montana Mining Accident“, May 9, 2017