Mining is one of the most hazardous and dangerous industrial occupations. According to ABC News, at least 60 coal miners are killed each year in the United States. Statistics are much grimmer worldwide, and when all different types of mining are considered.
Why is mining so dangerous? Not only do miners face dangers from the caves and rock surrounding them, but they also have to contend with the unreliable state of the air they breathe. Air in mines can easily become toxic, leading to serious health ramifications for miners. Miners are required to wear emergency breathing masks, but these often fail as well.
Mining accidents aside, the conditions in mines are precarious in and of themselves. Miners work in small, dark, slippery, confined spaces, and often have very little fresh air or ventilation. They must endure high levels of noise, and work with delicate and powerful equipment in poorly-lit conditions.
In addition to these conditions, miners also face serious accidents on the job, including:
- Leaks of poisonous gas
- Dust explosions
- Methane explosions
- Stope collapse
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Improper use of explosives
- Rock bursts
Federal Regulation of Coal Mines
The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was enacted in order to provide stricter and more effective regulation of this dangerous industry. Its three main contributions are:
- Established mandatory annual inspections of mines, both underground and surface
- Established monetary and criminal penalties for willful violations
- Improved health and safety standards
A Mining Accident Lawyer at Kirkendall Dwyer Can Help
Coal miners face dangerous working conditions everyday, and also face long term health complications due to their occupations. With half of the United States’ energy coming from coal, more and more workers are in this position.
If you or a loved one have been injured in one of Texas’ mining accidents, you do not have to suffer alone. From medical bills and treatment to lost wages, our mining accident attorneys can help you get back on your feet. Contact us today for your free case review.