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Improving conditions to reduce work accidents

Some jobs are inherently dangerous. Although there are huge risks and hazards, some residents in West Virginia choose the career path as a coal miner. As a miner, they receive training prior to working and while on the job. This helps to ensure that they understand how to carryout their job in the safest way possible. In addition, the training helps reduce injuries by teaching them what to do, if something goes wrong. Even with training and safety equipment, miners still get injured on the job. A workplace injury could significantly impact the health and life of the miner.

Dec. 6 is a date where the nation pauses to honor the coal miners in the country, and reflect on those that have lost their lives on-the-job. This date of reflection was chosen because on Dec. 6, 1907, the worst industrial accident occurred in West Virginia when there was a mine explosion. This event resulted in the death of around 361 men and boys.

Miners across the nation constantly endure the dangers of the job to carry out an important operation in society. Coal is considered a precious resource in the nation, and keeping miners working and free from accidents is crucial. This is why mines across the nation seek to improve their operations and the safety of their workers.

When a miner is injured in the workplace, it is important that they receive the necessary medical care and recover properly. Filing for workers' compensation could help cover the expenses associated with the workplace injury, such as medical bills, rehabilitation, damages and lost wages. Following a work accident at a mine, investigation should take place to ensure the health and safety of other workers.

A serious work accident could significantly impact their ability to return to work right away. Lose wages could crate hardships and filing for compensation could reduce the financial burdens caused by the work accident. Those seeking to file for workers' compensation should gain advice to protect their rights and interests, and ensure they take all the necessary steps.

Source: Fayette Tribune, "Let's improve conditions for all coal miners," Del. Mike Caputo, Dec. 9, 2013

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