There are numerous careers and jobs held by residents of Pennsylvania that
are inherently dangerous. Mining is one of these dangerous professions. A
job-related accident in a mine is very likely to cause injuries to miners and may possibly
leave them out of work while they recover. In the most unfortunate situations,
a miner may be killed on the worksite due to a job-related accident.
A CONSOL Energy mine located in Green County, Pennsylvania was recently
evacuated when smoke was seen billowing from the shaft at the mine site.
Miners were initially evacuated. There were also three personnel that
were working close to what appeared to be the site of the fire and they
were also evacuated. The first rescue teams sent underground to find the
location of the fire were also evacuated.
According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, mining operations
have been stopped until they can drill boreholes and pour water into the
mine in an attempt to put out the fire. It is unknown when mining operations
will start back up. Thankfully in this case, no miners or any other workers
that were injured by the job-related accident. Unfortunately, this is
not always the case, particularly in dangerous work environments like mines.
When a person is injured at work they may be entitled to workers' compensation
benefits. These benefits may cover items such as lost wages for time spent
away from work while the employee recovers from the injury as well as
medical bills and other expenses that arose due to the injury. It is important
for an injured worker to begin the workers' compensation claim process
as quickly as possible. However, the workers' compensation process
has the potential to be very overwhelming. In the midst of dealing with
an injury, it is essential that the employee report their injury, seek
medical attention from the appropriate doctors, explain their injury to
the doctor and collect the names and numbers of any individuals that witnessed
Sometimes it is helpful for injured workers and their families to seek
the assistance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. An
attorney can help to ensure all the necessary steps are taken and that
compensation is recovered as quickly as possible.
Source: WBOY.com, "UPDATE: CONSOL Continues Plan to Extinguish Blacksville No. 2 Mine Fire," March 13, 2013