Areas like West Virginia are known for the mining industry. Residents within the state are aware of the dangers that are associated with the occupation of a miner and having the benefit of workers' compensation is crucial because the likelihood of a workplace accident occurring for a miner is much higher than other careers.
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.