It is well-known to many West Virginia readers that mining is a dangerous industry, as illustrated by the repeated workplace accidents that occur. Recently, there was coal mine accident in a mine that has been deemed by authorities as a repeat safety offender. Tragically, even through the mine has a history of workplace accidents, the job requirements led to the death of two employees.
Because authorities in the industry have named this West Virgina mine to be a repeat violator, it will face closer examination and scrutiny from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. However, it has been stated that this alone does mean that the mine will be shut down. According to the owners of the mine, the previous issues were the fault of previous owners and they were disputing the designation given by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
The two men who were killed in the accident sustained life-threatening injuries from what is known as a coal blast. This means that coal is shot out at a high rate of speed and poses danger to anyone who is in the way. The report states that this coal blast occurred as the miners were performing a dangerous method of mining, which involves pulling coal out and allowing the mine to collapse. This method of mining is known to be dangerous and risky for all workers involved.
Workplace accidents are tragic because in many cases, they are entirely preventable by simply observing safety measures. Because these miners were killed in an incident that occurred at work, it is possible that their families could be eligible for compensation from the employer. Most employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for their workers. Surviving family members may be eligible to apply for death benefits after losing a family member in a work-related accident.
Source: Huffington Post, "Brody Coal Mine Accident In West Virginia Leaves Two Dead At Patriot Coal Site", , May 13, 2014