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Another West Virginia miner injured in workplace accident

Last week we discussed the inspection of nine West Virginia mines by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, which resulted in 158 citations, 26 orders and 3 safeguards for safety violations. The MSHA inspections aim at preventing on-the-job injuries. Yet despite the recent attention drawn to unsafe working conditions in some mines, another worker has been injured on the job.

A 19-year-old miner had to be flown to a local hospital for treatment on injuries sustained while working at a mine in West Virginia. The black hat miner possessed 10 months' experience as a bolter. His injuries were sustained as he was struck by a steel drill late one evening. The state's department of commerce has not released the name of the worker nor made any updates on his condition.

When injured in the course of performing work, a person is entitled to seek compensation. Workers' compensation is an insurance program designed to assist injured employees with medical bills, lost wages and sometimes pain and suffering depending on the severity of the injury. Employers have workers' compensation policies because people spend a large portion of their week at work and accidents can occur on the job. A workers' compensation claim does not indicate that the employee was liable or responsible for the injury sustained.

Of course, workers' compensation extends beyond the mining industry. Anyone injured on the job while performing their employment duties can be eligible for workers' compensation. When looking to file a workers' compensation claim, it is beneficial to keep good records of the circumstances surrounding the injury, including any phone calls and all appointments related to the event. An attorney can answer any questions you might have about the claim process.

Source: WSAZ NewsChannel 3, "UPDATE: 19-Year-Old Injured in Mining Accident," June 27, 2012

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