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Miner suffers a leg fracture in mining accident


Residents of West Virginia understand that industrial jobs include dangers and hazards. Those working in mines encounter risks on a daily basis. Additional training and having safety equipment provided often alleviate these dangers. Even when this happens, a work injury could still occur. This will often leave the worker seriously injured, dismembered, disfigured or even dead. This makes it especially important to keep these work environments safe and continually checked.

A mining accident recently occurred and required emergency medical crews on site. According to reports, the miner was injured by a piece of equipment at the mining site. It wasn't clear how this happened and whether the equipment failed. The accident happened around 10:06 a.m. and the miner was transported to the hospital with a fractured leg.

A workplace accident like this could seriously affect the life of the miner. The injured worker might need surgery and rehabilitation. This will often require them to take an extended period of time off from work in order to recover properly. This in turn means that the miner will not be able to work and could endure financial hardships due to lost wages. This makes workers' compensation especially beneficial. It will not only offset the costs for medical bills and rehabilitation but will also cover lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

When a worker is injured, most times the worker is not the only person affected. The loved ones of the injured worker might endure hardships due to caring for the loved one, medical bills, loss of companionship and lost wages. Furthermore, the employer is affected because they are down a worker. This makes it especially important that the worker takes the time to properly heal. This can ensure that the employee can return to work and is less likely to reinjure him or herself.

Source: Cumberland Times-News, "Worker injured at mining site," Aug. 28, 2013

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