The recent indictment of Don Blankenship is rare. So rare in fact that it marks the first time the former CEO of a mining company has faced federal charges for negligence. By and large, the operators of coal mines are able to continue production in the face of serious safety violations with little to no risk of consequence.
A recent investigation by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News found that thousands of mine operators simply ignore fines and continue production, even when safety risks are deadly.
According to the report, 2,700 mining companies are currently delinquent in nearly $70 million in fines, yet face no consequences for their continued inaction. This clearly sends the message that companies can endanger workers with impunity and place corporate profits over the health and wellbeing of those who make such profits possible.
The West Virginia mining accident attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore have no tolerance for those who knowingly endanger workers or willfully ignore safety regulations. If you or a loved one has been injured in a mining accident, we are here to hold the responsible parties accountable and fight tooth and nail to secure for you the justice you are due.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our dedicated West Virginia injury attorneys, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore today. We serve all of West Virginia from our offices in Beckley and Fayetteville, but will come to you if your injuries prohibit travel.