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West Virginia worker fatally injured on-the-job

Certain risks and hazards are associated with some work positions. Both employees and employers are aware of these potential risks, so it is essential that workers' compensation is an available benefit to injured workers, as well as compensation for the family of an employee that is killed on the job. For injured workers, it is important that they fully recover so they can return to work. For employers, it is beneficial that the injured employees get the needed medical attention so they can make a speedy recovery and return to work.

Recently, a drilling rig fatally injured a worker in West Virginia. The man was an employee of an independent company and was working on property owned by Consol Energy. The property is near Consol Energy's Loveridge Preparation Plan in Marion County. The fatal injury occurred when the core-drilling rig that the employee was operating rolled over. Seitel, an independent company, had been granted permission by Consol Energy access Consol's property to conduct geophysical tests. Representatives from either company were not able to confirm whether the injured employee was working for Seitel at the time of this report.

Investigation of this incident is ongoing, and federal and West Virginia agencies were seen on-site. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also at the accident site to investigate the death of the employee. An employee injured on the job or the loved ones of an employee killed on the job might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This would cover medical bills, funeral expenses, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Although health and safety measures are implemented in the workplace, not all accidents or injuries can be prevented. It is important that employees and employers are aware of the potential risks and hazards in the workplace in order to reduce the chances of the work accident. Accidents do occur, however, even when safety standards are met. Unfortunately, filing a workers' compensation claim to get benefits related to medical bills and recovery can be complicated and contentious. An experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help move the process along and get workers back on the job as quickly as possible, while also protecting their financial security.

Source: Post-Gazette.com, "Employee of independent subcontractor dies near Consol plant in West Virginia," Jacob Quinn Sanders and Lexi Belculfine, Jan. 15, 2013

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