West Virginia marked the first mining-related fatal accident of 2014 with the death of a young miner in Tucker County. The fatal accident was apparently caused by user error, but this tragic case emphasizes how safety should always be a priority in this dangerous industry. The man was killed after he was pinned between two pieces of heavy machinery.
The Mine Health and Safety Administration (MHSA) has looked into the accident and determined that it was caused by the miner's failure to properly secure equipment. The young man was taken to a hospital for medical treatment, but passed away from the gravity of his injuries. Tragically, it seems that this accident could have been prevented by exercising caution and proper safety measures.
The MHSA investigators did not find any reason to issue a fine against the company, but the mining company has made a few improvements to their operations. Some of these improvements include new measure of securing equipment and keeping a specific distance from equipment while in use. According to the company, all employees have received training regarding these new changes and safety procedures.
It s important to emphasize that miners should always have proper training and follow safety standards while working. This fatal accident led to the loss of a young man; all because of what appear to be simple, yet preventable, operator errors. It is the responsibility of all West Virginia employers to educate all workers about the potential risks of not meeting certain standards. When a worker is injured or killed while at work, workers' compensation may be available to cover the costs and expenses associated with the accident, including missed wages.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail, "Report: Operator failure causes mining death", , June 3, 2014