In West Virginia, numerous individuals make their living by having an occupation related to coal mining. Though this way of life is relatively common, the risks that come along with this type of job still pose considerable threats. Unfortunately, coal mining accidents occur relatively often, and many workers suffer serious and fatal injuries due to work-related accidents.
It was recently reported that one man was killed while on the job. It is unclear exactly what took place at the time of the accident, but the report did state that a coal-hauling machine malfunctioned. After this incident, the man went missing, and officials at the mining site began a search for the worker at approximately 7 a.m. Additional details on the accident and search were not given in the report.
It was reported that officials reported the man's death just hours after the search began. He was reported as being 48 years old. It was not mentioned whether further investigation into the incident was ongoing, but it is likely. Additional information on the man's death and the accident itself may become available at a later time.
Coal mining accidents that lead to worker deaths are always tragic events. The family of this West Virginia man who was killed are likely facing a considerable amount of grief and other challenges in the aftermath of the incident. Because of the financial toll this type of situation can take on surviving family, this man's loved ones may wish to look into their options for applying for workers' compensation benefits on behalf of the deceased worker.
Source: wric.com, "West Virginia miner dies in accident", Matthew Chaney, Oct. 23, 2017