Two workers have been injured after an accident that occurred at a Pennsylvania
coal mine in the afternoon of Monday June 24. The accident occurred shortly
before 5:00 in the afternoon. The men were working in a crawl space with
a maximum height of no more than four feet. The crawl space was approximately
400 feet deep and six miles into the mine. The men were injured when a
rock measuring approximately three feet by nine feet by three inches fell
from a roof support.
It took about a half hour to rescue the men from the mine. When they emerged,
both men were conscious and seemed alert and they were taken to a nearby
hospital by ambulance. Medical health professionals declared the injuries
sustained by both of the men to be minor. One suffered a knee injury and
the other a back injury.
The vice president of Rosebud Mining Co., the company by which the mine
was operated, stated that the mine will be closed for just a day or two
so the appropriate agencies, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration,
can execute investigations into the accident.
Thankfully, in this case, the nature of the men's injuries was minor.
However, no matter how minor or serious the nature of the injuries, when
an individual is
injured at work they are often entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits
will usually cover items such as medical expenses and lost wages for time
spent away from work recovering.
Recovering from a workplace injury can be overwhelming in and of itself.
Proceeding through the workers' compensation claim process can make
the situation seem even more overwhelming and unmanageable. When this
is the case, there are workers' compensation attorneys in Pennsylvania
that want to take on this workload and help those that have been injured
at work obtain the compensation to which they are entitled as expeditiously
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Two workers injured in Armstrong County coal mine," Lexi Belculfine, June 23, 2013