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Worker dies in coal mining accident

While employers in West Virginia work hard to increase and improve workplace health and safety, there are some work environments that are inherently dangerous. Although working in a mine could cause a miner to face various dangers and risks, certain regulations have been put in place to reduce these risks. Providing adequate training, using safety equipment and conducting routine checks could help avoid a serious mining accident. If a mine does not follow the rules and guidelines placed by the state and federal agencies, miners could face serious and even fatal injuries.

A mine accident was recently reported at a Morgantown County mine. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training reported that a 49-year-old coal miner was killed in a mine owned by the Redbone Mining Company at their Crawdad No. 1 Mine.

According to preliminary reports, the man was a section foreman and the accident occurred when he was struck by a piece of rock while operating a roof bolting machine. This makes the fifth mining fatality in the state this year. An investigation is still ongoing and no violations or charges were immediately issued to the mining company.

When a mining accident or any other type of fatal workplace accident occurs, the loved ones of the deceased might have benefits afforded to them. They might be able to file a workers' compensation claim. This could help them offset the costs caused by the incident, such as funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, loss of companionship and other related damages. A fatal work accident is considered a serious event, and loved ones should understand their rights regarding the tragic event.

Source: Wtov9.com, "Coal miner killed in West Virginia mining accident," Nov. 11, 2014

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