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Understanding mine explosions and mine safety


Residents in West Virginia are aware of dangers in the mining industry. A mining accident is a real danger and could put the lives of miners at risk. This is why safety in mines is a major issue that should be addressed for the mines in the state of West Virginia and mines across the nation. This could help improve the health and wellbeing of miners while also guarding them from serious accidents such as mine explosions.

According to reports by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, mine explosions from 1969 to 2001 have decreased, which is highly attributable to the Federal Coal Mine Health and safety Act, which was passed into law in 1969. From 2001 onward, there has been a turn for the worse and 59 deaths and seven injuries have been recorded since 2001. From 2006 to 2011, nearly a quarter of mining deaths were caused by mine explosions.

These reports indicate that mine safety is crucial in order to reduce the rate of mine explosions. In order to reduce this risk, the danger must be understood. A mine explosion occurs when there is an accumulation of dust that is combustible or flammable gas with the air while close to a source of ignition.

Research indicates that eliminating igniting sources, lowering the concentration of methane and the accumulation of coal dust, applying sufficient quantities of dispersible rock dust at all locations and using protection and barriers to suppress explosion helps eliminate mine explosions, as well as the effects an explosion could have. Furthermore, understanding the science behind explosions while designing new and improved ventilations systems and evaluating their effectiveness along with auditing sealed areas could help prevent mine explosions.

While efforts have been made to reduce mine explosions and increase mine safety, accidents do occur in the industry. When they do, it is important to understand the rights and benefits afforded to injured workers. Following a workplace accident, employees could file for workers' compensation. This benefit could provide them with a monetary ward to cover medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.


Understanding the process and steps involved could help the injured worker apply for this benefit in a timely manner so they could alleviate the financial burdens caused by the work incident. Those unsure of the process should seek guidance about their rights and options.

Source: CDC.gov, "Mining Topic: Explosions," accessed on Dec. 2, 2014

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