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West Virginia mine cited after fatal accident

When a loved one leaves for work in the morning, most people do not think about the potential dangers they might encounter during their workday. Some occupations require employees to work in very dangerous environments or engage in dangerous tasks at the workplace. In these workplace environments, it becomes very important for employers to take safety in the workplace very seriously. Taking certain precautions could help avoid serious accidents and even deaths in the workplace.

Following the death of an employee in a Marion County mine, federal regulators cited a CONSOL Energy subsidiary. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration cited Consolidation Coal Company after the worker was hit in the head by a metal bar as he tried to get a derailed car back in place.

The employer was cited for failing to ensure that the car was secure prior to being lifted. Furthermore, Consolidation Coal was also cited for failing to provide adequate training on how to use airbags and blocking when tending to derailed cars. The investigation also revealed that the tracks were not properly maintained and adequate pre-shift examinations were not performed.

When a company fails to ensure the safety of its employees, it could face serious fines as well as citations. In addition, if a worker is injured or killed while on the job, the injured worker or loved ones of the deceased worker could file for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation helps offset the costs associated with the fatal accident by covering medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and damages.

Losing a loved one at a workplace accident can be difficult. The family not only loses someone close to them but must also deal with financial hardships because of the loss of income. Filing for compensation is often important in order to reduce financial burdens and help the family heal and move on.

Source: The Republic, "MSHA cites CONSOL subsidiary in accident that killed worker at Loveridge Mine in W.Va.," Sep 24, 2013

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