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Workers' compensation: requirements of West Virginia employers


Workers in West Virginia are aware that some occupations are inherently dangerous, but whether or not there are known risks and dangers in the work environment, employers should always take action to improve safety in the workplace. When a workplace accident does occur, employers should also take steps to avoid similar occurrences from happening in the future. Moreover, employers have a duty to report these incidents to the appropriate state and federal organizations.

Maintenance man suffers fatal fall through church gym ceiling

Even what a position is not inherently dangerous, workers should always be aware of the risks that could preset themselves in their line of work. Furthermore, employers should note these potential dangers so they help guard against work injury. Proper training and safety gear can reduce these risks, but they do not always prevent a fatal work accident from occurring.

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.

Two workers injured in work accident on well site


Getting up and going to work every day is a normal routine for most residents in West Virginia. Even when a specific job presents dangers and risks, employees are used to the daily encounters and tend to not question their safety. Manual laborers that work with heavy machinery face numerous dangers in the work environment, but, with proper training and safety equipment, these hazards can be reduced significantly. Even when safety measures are carried out, a work accident could happen, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities.

West Virginia worker fatally injured on-the-job

Certain risks and hazards are associated with some work positions. Both employees and employers are aware of these potential risks, so it is essential that workers' compensation is an available benefit to injured workers, as well as compensation for the family of an employee that is killed on the job. For injured workers, it is important that they fully recover so they can return to work. For employers, it is beneficial that the injured employees get the needed medical attention so they can make a speedy recovery and return to work.

Good documentation and timely claim important for workers' comp

Beckley residents likely already know that West Virginia's workers' compensation system has become much more difficult in recent years. The system was privatized in 2005 and is run by Brickstreet Insurance. This sometimes means an injured worker's every move is scrutinized by an insurance company.

Good documentation and timely claim important for workers' comp

Beckley residents likely already know that West Virginia's workers' compensation system has become much more difficult in recent years. The system was privatized in 2005 and is run by Brickstreet Insurance. This sometimes means an injured worker's every move is scrutinized by an insurance company.

Tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mine again

There may be misfortunes and risks for those who work in the field of mining. In that profession, the number of incidents leading to work injuries is high. Recently, coal mine operations in West Virginia have experienced tragic events involving workers being fatally injured on the job.

Another West Virginia miner injured in workplace accident

Last week we discussed the inspection of nine West Virginia mines by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, which resulted in 158 citations, 26 orders and 3 safeguards for safety violations. The MSHA inspections aim at preventing on-the-job injuries. Yet despite the recent attention drawn to unsafe working conditions in some mines, another worker has been injured on the job.

West Virginia coal mine cited for safety violations

As many West Virginia residents know, mining is a substantial industry in the state. It can also be a dangerous occupation if safety measures are not taken. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration performs spot inspections on mines to help protect against unnecessary workplace injuries, similar to OSHA investigations performed in other industries.

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