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Coal operators urged to install detectors to avoid work accidents

Being employed is important to West Virginia residents, and although various jobs range across the state, some jobs come with numerous risks. Jobs in the mining industry are considered rather dangerous and could put the workers' lives at risk. In these work environments, it is not only crucial to have adequate training but also sufficient safety equipment and proper protocol. Increased worker safety will not only prevent work injuries but will also promote productivity.

A recent report urged two West Virginia coal operators to install detectors that could improve the health and safety of workers. The proximity detection devices could protect workers by shutting down mobile machinery in mines when a worker gets too close to them.

A recent lawsuit that involved a miner who was killed led to an emergency petition being filed. It stated that the Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training and the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety did not require operators to install the proximity device. Had this detection device been used, the continuous mining machine that the worker was caught in would have stopped.

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is crucial, especially in dangerous work environments like mines. If a worker is injured or killed, the worker or their loved ones could file for workers' compensation. This could help offset costs, such as medical bills, lost wages and damages.

Increasing safety in mines is important for the workers and the industry. When a worker is injured or killed, an investigation will follow. This will help determine the cause and ways to prevent future accidents of a similar nature. Those involved in or affected by a workplace accident may want to get more information about the available options so they can take the appropriate actions and protect their rights.

Source: Stamford Advocate, "W.Va. lawsuit seeks mandating mine-safety device," Dec. 21, 2013

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