The coal mining industry employs numerous individuals around the country. Unfortunately, this occupation presents many dangers, and workers are often at risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in coal mining accidents. Though it is always hoped that workers make it home safely after a long workday, that is regrettably not always the case.
It was recently reported that 2017 saw an increase in mining-related deaths after a record-low number in 2016. West Virginia saw the most deaths with eight fatalities occurring in the state. Five other states saw one death each, and two fatalities occurred in another state. The total number of mining-related deaths in 2017 reached 15, which increased from the nine deaths that took place in 2016.
The report also stated that none the deaths that took place was in relation to coal dust or gas explosions. This type of incident is known to cause serious accidents. The majority of deaths that occurred in 2017 happened in relation to vehicle and machinery accidents. It was also noted that many of the lives lost were those of workers with a year or less experience in the mining industry.
Steps should always be taken to ensure that workers remain as safe as possible while on the job. Unfortunately, coal mining accidents cannot always be avoided, and as this information shows, deaths can easily take place. West Virginia families who have lost loved ones in such accidents may wish to determine whether they may seek compensation for their loss and other allowable damages. Speaking with knowledgeable attorneys may help them obtain reliable information on their options.
Source: NPR, "U.S. Coal Mine Deaths Rise After Record-Low 2016", Scott Neuman, Jan. 3, 2018