Many coal miners are required to work with and around a variety of heavy duty machines while performing job-related activities. While these machines may be necessary for the performance of certain operations, workers must use caution while operating such equipment, as coal mine accidents involving mining machines can have disastrous consequences. A 38-year-old man died after he fell off of a highwall mining machine during a recent incident in West Virginia.
Authorities have advised that the accident occurred at around 2 p.m. on a recent Thursday. According to reports, the incident occurred when a load operator at a local mine suddenly fell from a highwall mining machine. The man reportedly suffered a serious head injury in the accident, and he was unfortunately pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Officials have advised that the accident marked the third mining death of the year in the United States and the first of the year in West Virginia. Although many of the details surrounding the incident remain unclear, officials have advised that an investigation into the accident remains underway. Similar incidents have a way of leaving an entire community mourning over an untimely loss, and the surviving loved ones of the victim may face a variety of hardships following such a tragic accident.
Although the emotional grief of losing loved ones in fatal coal mine accidents may heal with time, the financial ramifications of such an incident could leave surviving loved ones in search of relief. Those who experience loss under similar circumstances could choose to speak with an attorney for advice on their available options for monetary aid. This type of guidance could help a person in West Virginia become better prepared to pursue the full amount of compensation achievable through all the applicable outlets.