According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the number of mine operators who chronically violate safety regulations has dropped sharply in the past few years. During inspections, mines that pose that largest safety risks are placed on the government’s Patterns of Violations list. In 2010, 51 mine operators were placed on that list. By the end of 2013, that number had diminished to 12.
Increased safety regulations have indeed helped prevent mine accidents and served to protect those who work in this often dangerous profession. However, despite the lower number of chronic offenders, fatal mine accidents saw a 12 percent increase in 2013.
When you are injured or a loved one is killed in a mine accident in West Virginia, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney on your side. The attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore have decades of experience helping miners and their families get proper compensation following accidents. We would be honored to meet with you free of charge to discuss your accident and your rights, and help you better understand all of your options.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our West Virginia mine accident attorneys, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore today. We maintain offices in Fayetteville and Beckley to better serve families living throughout our state.