Most West Virginia readers are likely aware that an occupation such as mining comes with certain risks. However, employers and workers in the mining industry usually take every available precaution to prevent the occurrence of a serious or fatal accident. Despite this, mining accidents still seem to occur with alarming regularity. One such accident in Tucker County recently resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man.
Details on how the accident occurred are unclear. However, reports indicate that the worker was fatally injured at around 9:10 p.m. on Jan. 16 when he was crushed as he was working in Mettiki Coal's Mountain View Mine. The Tucker County EMS and troopers from the West Virginia State Police responded to the accident scene.
According to reports, the worker, who lived in a neighboring state, was a general laborer who had been working at the mine for four months. He reportedly had over two years of experience in the mining industry. The West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Training and Safety began investigating at the scene of the accident shortly after it occurred.
If the investigation turns up any evidence that the fatal accident was caused by negligence on the part of the mine, the family members of the decedent may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. This would be separate from any death benefits offered by workers' compensation. A successful claim could provide the family with much-needed financial relief, giving them some peace of mind as they try to deal with their loss.
Source: theintermountain.com, Man killed in Tucker mine accident, Tim MacVean, Jan. 18, 2014