Mines are some of the most dangerous places to work in West Virginia. Serious surface-level accidents can easily happen at these sites, including mishaps involving heavy equipment, tree removal or even electrocution. However, workers can also become victims of mining accidents underground, where structural collapse is a serious threat. Unsafe conditions or negligence additionally have severe consequences.
In some coal- or metal-mining workplace situations, a company may fail to offer safety equipment for miners. Similarly, sometimes companies simply do not maintain equipment or continue to use equipment that has become outdated. Still other companies ignore safety procedures, such as those put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as the Mine Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. These actions can quickly lead to worker injuries.
Hazardous conditions that can result from a company's negligence include quartz-dust or coal-dust diseases, explosions and fire risks or even improper ventilation. Loading and hauling hazards can also pose problems, as can unsafe platforms. Sometimes miners are injured due to stockpile collapses.
Whenever a miner suffers an injury on the job, he or she has the right to seek to hold his or her employer accountable. An attorney can work with a variety of safety and mining specialists to determine what caused the worker's accident and then help the victim to pursue monetary damages resulting from the incident. Competent proof of negligence is needed in order to establish liability in civil suits involving mining accidents in West Virginia.