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Detection device will be used in West Virginia mines for safety


The mining industry is an important one to the state of West Virginia. Many residents take on the occupation of a miner and can make a good career out of it. Although it provides them with their livelihood, miners are often put at risk and in harm's way every day at work. Mining equipment and working in a mine itself can result in fatal or serious accidents. Workplace safety is crucial in these occupations, because it will help to reduce and avoid on-the-job injuries and fatal accidents.

The mining industry has been seeking to implement safety measures in order to reduce and prevent accidents involving miners. Recently, the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety approved new safety rules, which makes West Virginia the first state in the United Mine Workers Union to pass this safety rule.

The new rule will mandate the usage of proximity detection systems on equipment used in underground mines. Within six months of the passage of this rule, this safety device is required on all newly purchased mining equipment. Furthermore, this will be required for those continuously used within 36 months of the passage of this safety rule.

This safety feature could help save the lives of many miners, while also increasing the safety of mines. The machine will automatically turn off if it detects that a person is near the machine. In addition, the device is equipped with a camera, which could help with investigations of workplace accidents.

When a miner is injured, he or she could be severely affected. Lost wages, medical bills and rehabilitation costs can create financial burdens and filing for workers' compensation benefits could help alleviate these hardships.

A safe work environment with up-to-date training and safety equipment is essential in the work world today, especially in the mining industry. When a worker is injured or killed on the job, it is important that an investigation is conducted so future similar accidents can be avoided and new safety features can be implemented.

Source: Metro News, "West Virginia makes life-saving mine safety change," Hoppy Kercheval, Jan. 21, 2014

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