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Mining accident injures eight in West Virginia mine


Some industries in West Virginia pose great risks to employees. Although dangerous occupations come with some risks, employers seek to increase safety by providing adequate training and safety features. Even when these are present, a workplace accident could occur. Whether it is due to negligence, failure to inspect or is simply an accident, an employee could be seriously injured in a work incident.

A mining accident was recently occurred at a mine in Greenbrier County. The incident affected eight workers and is currently under investigation. According to preliminary reports, the workplace accident happened around midnight at the Greenbrier Minerals Mountaineer Pocahontas No. 1, which is located near Rupert.

The incident occurred when the brakes were lost on the manstrip, which is the vehicle used to transport the miners underground in the mine. Emergency crews were called to the scene. Three of the injured workers were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released. Two workers were transported to the hospital and remained hospitalized for the non-life threatening injuries they suffered. The three additional workers involved in the accident declined medical treatment.

When a worker is injured on-the-job they could file for workers' compensation. This benefit could seriously assist the injured worker while they receive treatment and rehabilitate. In addition, this could help provide them with money to cover their lost wages and damages.

When a worker is injured in a workplace accident, it is important that the cause is investigated. This will help establish cause and liability. It could help the worker with any causes of action they may have in addition to filing for workers' compensation. Seeking guidance could assist them with a claim while also protecting their rights and interests.

Source: Claims Journal, "West Virginia Mining Accident Investigated," April 4, 2014

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