Six "Unacceptable" Coal Mining Deaths in 25 Days - Four in WV
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that six miners were killed in a span of only 25 days - four of these deaths occurred in West Virginia. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Chief J.M. called the deaths unacceptable. "The six deaths that occurred over the last month are tragic and unacceptable, and MSHA will take whatever actions are necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of all our miners." The most recent death occurred on February 19th when a 44-year-old miner was killed as he cleared roadways.
The accident happened when a scoop operator reversed direction, struck the victim with the battery end of the scoop, and killed him. The Department of Labor categorized this incident as a "power haulage" accident. The other five miner deaths were attributed to machinery accidents, a hoisting accident, and an exploding vessel accident. To learn more about mining accidents and legal liability, contact a West Virginia personal injury lawyer from Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC today.
Avoiding Future Casualties
Coal mining is dangerous, but the number of casualties since the beginning of the year is startling. The Department of Labor recommends the following safety precautions to avoid future accidents:
- Train all members of the production crew and mining team in programs, procedures, and policies.
- Identify hazards to make sure that each member of the team knows to protect persons from them.
- Use the right equipment and tools for the job.
- Review safety procedures frequently.
- Follow manufacturers' recommendations when using surface machinery.
For a full list recommended safety procedures, click here. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a coal mining accident, our West Virginia Injury lawyers can help you pursue the money you need and deserve. Fill out our free online case evaluation form to see what Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC can do for you.