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Common Mining Accidents

It is a well-known fact that mining is a dangerous profession. While some of these dangers are inherent in the profession, others are often the result of oversights on the part of mining companies, mining equipment manufacturers, and other key players in the mining industry. Mining companies have a duty to minimize the dangers faced by their employees by establishing safe practices and complying with safety regulations. When they fail to do so, people get hurt—sometimes severely. Below is an overview of the most common types of mining accidents. If you’ve been injured in a mining accident, please contact a West Virginia mining accident attorney as soon as possible.

Roof Collapse

Coal mining carries an inherent risk of roof collapse. However, regulations and guidelines are in place to prevent the occurrence of such events. Unfortunately, mining companies sometimes ignore these rules, risking the lives of their employees in the process. When a roof collapses, miners often suffer serious injuries—even death. 

Heavy Equipment Accidents

Mining operations require the use of heavy equipment, and miners often suffer injuries when such machinery proves to be defective. Crush-related injuries are common in heavy equipment accidents, and such injuries often leave accident victims permanently disabled. 

Fires and Explosions

Fires and explosions are another hazard of the mining industry. Burn injuries are extremely painful and slow to heal, requiring long periods of medical care and treatment. Fires and explosions are frequently the result of employer negligence, meaning that the victims of these types of accidents are often entitled to financial compensation. 

Longwall Accidents

Due to the quantity of coal being mined and the size of the equipment being used, longwall mining often results in serious injuries to miners. Longwall mining equipment can weigh over 100 tons, and the shield supporting the roof can weigh up to 40 tons. Therefore, when this equipment is defective or used in an unsafe manner, miners’ lives are put at risk. 

Safety Violations

Finally, safety violations are a major cause of miner injuries and deaths in West Virginia. Two major federal laws that are designed to protect miners are the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act. When mining companies violate these laws, they should be held responsible for any resulting injuries to their employees.  

Get the compensation you deserve! 

If you’ve been injured in a mining accident in West Virginia, you may be entitled to financial compensation. However, in order to ensure that you file your legal claim correctly, you need an experienced legal team on your side. At Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC, we understand the complexities of mining accident cases, and we believe that negligent companies should be held responsible for their actions. We have a long track record of helping miners in Fayetteville, Beckley, and all of West Virginia obtain the compensation they deserve. If you give us the chance, we will do our best to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your mining injuries. Please contact us today to arrange a free consultation.