Mining companies in West Virginia and elsewhere may use a variety of heavy-duty machines to assist with daily operations. While these machines may be vital to the task at hand, they could also pose a certain level of risk to the safety of miners and coal mine accidents involving similar types of equipment can have disastrous consequences. A recent accident in a mine in another state has reportedly claimed the life of a 39-year-old man.
Authorities received reports of an accident at the mine on a recent Thursday evening. According to initial investigations, the man was working with or around a battery-powered scoop when the machine suddenly fell on top of him. After finding him unresponsive, co-workers say they were able to transport him to the surface while awaiting the arrival of emergency responders.
Unfortunately, the man was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. While the accident is currently under investigation, no further information was provided as to what might have caused the machine to fall on the man. Incidents of this nature can have catastrophic results that could leave a family mourning over the sudden loss of someone close and the financial ramifications of such a loss could take a toll on the lives of surviving family members.
Families in West Virginia who experience an untimely loss in fatal coal mine accidents may wish to better understand their available options for financial relief. Following such an incident, a person could choose to consult with an attorney for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the incident and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation achievable through every applicable outlet.