Coal miners in West Virginia and elsewhere may face a variety of potential hazards every day. In some cases, miners may work alone without anyone else nearby, and when coal mine accidents occur, they may be left without aid for extended periods, and the results of such an incident can be disastrous. A man has died in a recent mining accident that took place in another state.
The accident is said to have occurred on a recent Saturday morning. While the exact timing of the incident remains unclear, employees at the mine say they found the man at around 3:20 a.m. According to reports, he had become trapped between a coal rib and an air lock door, and upon locating him, nearby co-workers attempted to resuscitate him while awaiting the arrival of emergency personnel.
Upon arriving at the mine, responders rushed the man to a medical facility, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Although an investigation has likely been initiated, no further information was provided as to how he may have gotten pinned between the two objects. Similar incidents can be devastating in nature and can leave surviving family members grieving over an untimely loss.
In addition to the emotional pain involved, those who lose loved ones in coal mine accidents may also face financial challenges that could prompt a need for relief. Following a similar incident, a family could be eligible to receive relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney for assistance. An attorney can help a client in West Virginia pursue the full amount of compensation achievable through all applicable sources.