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West Virginia tops list for non-fatal mine accidents

For some workers in West Virginia, taking employment in a dangerous industry is not only a choice but also a necessity. Although certain career paths carry with it serious risks and dangers, these industries are heavily regulated and steps are taken to ensure the safety of the employees that work within them. Nonetheless, those working in the mining industry are still faced with dangers on a daily basis, and while these are not always fatal risks, these could result in serious harms if a mine accident were to ensue.

Based on recent reports, West Virginia was named as the state with the leading non-fatal mine-accidents in the nation. According to this report, since October 2015, eight miners have died while more than 1,1000 miners have been injured across the nation. These work injuries suffered have resulted in restricted duties, missed days at work and even permanent disabilities. It was discovered that in 30 of these cases, the injuries suffered could have easily resulted in fatalities.

The most common types of work injuries suffered for coalmine workers include injuries to the back, shoulder, knees and fingers. With regards to fatal injuries, it is most common for these to occur at surface operations. With regards to non-fatal injuries, West Virginia topped the list with 419 over the past year.

When a serious work accident occurs, it is likely that the injured worker will require medical attention. This could also impact the employee's ability to work for an extended amount of time. Depending on the severity of the work injury, a worker could suffer many damages related to medical bills and lost wages. Workers' compensation benefits seek to offset the hardship caused by these losses.

Following a work accident, it is important to understand the rights afforded to you. No matter what industry people work in, how severe the injury or whether or not it caused a permanent disability, workers' compensation benefits could still be an option.

Source:, "West Virginia Leads Nation in Non-Fatal Mine Accidents," Tate Blanchard, Aug. 29, 2016

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