Unions and Mining Accidents

According to a recent study performed by a Stanford University law professor, union coal mines are statistically safer than non-union mining operations. The professor found that there were significantly less serious mining injuries and deaths at underground mines where the employees were members of the United Mine Works union.

The report was published by the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics in 2011 at Stanford, and found that over the last 20 years, there have been 18–33% fewer injuries at union mines, and 27–68% fewer fatal mining accidents. (The range in percentages accommodates for statistical variations among different sample sizes.) The disparities were even more dramatic in larger mines.

Unions help promote safe work practices in mining, such as:

  • Educating workers about on-the-job hazards
  • Encouraging workers to practice safety
  • Attracting more safety-conscious employees
  • Developing safety innovations

If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed in a mining accident in West Virginia, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Beckley mining accident attorneys.