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Researchers seek to improve safety at coal mines

Workplace safety is a major concern in some industries. The risk of getting injured is higher in certain occupations. Mining is a good example, as demonstrated by a recent incident in which two miners were killed in a West Virginia coal mine. The mining industry has numerous risks, including cave-ins, explosions, fires and mechanical injuries. Furthermore, health issues are a concern due to dust, moisture and gases.

In order reduce these risks and increase safety, management must conduct proper training and provide adequate safety equipment. Furthermore, following a workplace accident, it is important that the accident be fully investigated. This could help an employer take the necessary steps to prevent similar incidents.

West Virginia University researchers are seeking to improve the safety of miners in the state and as well as miners around the world. The researchers are working to understand how fires and combustions occur at a coal-mining site. It is their goal to establish what triggers these explosions. Further investigation could help design new and better procedures and safety measures that will help reduce and prevent workplace accidents at coalmines.

When an employer fails to provide a safe environment for employees, serious accidents could occur. When a miner is injured, it is important they get the medical attention they need. This might require missing an extended time from work. The miner could lose wages due to medical leave and rehabilitation. Filing for workers' compensation can help an injured worker with the financial losses associated with an on-the-job injury or illness, such as medical expenses, lost wages and disability.

Source: Coal Valley News, "WVU researchers to study probability, hazards of fire risks in coal mines," June 2, 2014

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