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Miner injured in work accident does not survive


Going to work is a common practice for West Virginia residents. Although having a career is not a rare occurrence, several residents do not go to a workplace that presents dangers and risks on a daily basis. Employees that work in a mine often encounter numerous hazards, but with the proper training and safety gear, mining accidents can be reduced. Although employers take the steps necessary to avoid fatal work accidents, serious accidents can still occur that could cause a miner to be seriously injured or even killed on the job.

It was recently reported that a 62-year-old man died from the injuries he suffered in a mining accident. According to reports, the senior longwall maintenance coordinator was injured in an underground accident. It is not clear at this time how the accident occurred and the mining company has yet to report any details about the accident that took the life of an employee who has worked in the mine for 17 years and has been with the company since 1969.

Federal mine officials are currently investigating the accident and hope to determine the cause of the fatal work accident. The company hopes to ensure the safety of workers and hopes to avoid similar accidents in the future. A workers' compensation claim could be filed on behalf of the killed worker. This could help cover the expenses associated with the accident such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and damages.

Losing a loved one in a work accident can be a difficult time for friends and family members. The spouse and children can be seriously affected not only because they lost a loved one but also because they are experiencing financial hardships due to medical bills and loss of income. Filing for workers' compensation could help alleviate these hardships and help them with the coping process.

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times, "Miner killed in West Virginia accident," Malia Spencer, Oct. 07, 2013

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