West Virginia has very specific laws put in place on the maximum height of coal stockpiles. When these laws are not followed to the letter, coal stockpiles can collapse, causing serious injuries to the workers in the vicinity. Since 1980, 18 coal miners have died in coal stockpile collapse accidents, 8 of them from West Virginia. If you have been injured in a coal stockpile collapse, it is essential that you contact an attorney who can help you determine if coal stockpile regulations were broken, and if you are entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.
Coal stockpile collapses can occur for a variety of reasons. They can occur even if the stockpile is under the maximum height allowed by law. However, it is expressly because of this possibility of a collapse that it is even more important the law regarding stockpile maximums is obeyed. If a stockpile that is over the legal limit collapses, there is a much higher chance that someone will be injured because of how much coal is collapsing. If a stockpile is too big, it can cause problems with the equipment that removes coal from the pile. The vibrations from the conveyor or feeding equipment can cause a collapse to occur.
At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, our firm is dedicated to helping the hard-working citizens of West Virginia who have been injured in a coal mining accident. Coal mining is a dangerous profession that needs to be properly regulated and managed in order to minimize injuries. If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one to a coal mining accident, you have the right to seek legal action against those responsible for the accident. We have 35 years of combined experience in personal injury and coal mining accident cases, and we are here to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC for effective representation after a stockpile collapse that caused you or a loved one injury.