Coal mining is one profession that is inherently dangerous and those who
work in this field are aware that every day they go to work they are being
exposed to dangers that many people in other professions do not have to
face. However, even if that is the case, the companies that own coal mines
must take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their workers. They
must also carry workers' compensation insurance to cover those times
that their employees are
injured at work.
An industrial accident that recently occurred at a coal mine owned by Pennsylvania-based
CONSOL left one worker with a head injury that ultimately led to his death.
The miner died while en route to the hospital to receive medical treatment.
The accident occurred at the mine shortly before 1:00 in the afternoon.
Authorities are unsure about how the accident occurred and they do not
know exactly what caused the man's head injury. However, a spokesperson
for the Pennsylvania-based company said that they are working with state
and federal investigators to determine the cause of the accident.
The federal agency that would investigate an accident like this is OSHA.
OSHA investigators often come to the scene of an accident not only to
determine how the accident occurred, but also to determine whether the
employer should face a monetary fine for the occurrence of the accident.
When an employee is hurt on the job, they are often able to receive workers'
compensation benefits as a result of their injury. These benefits will
usually cover medical bills and lost wages. If the accident results in
the death of the employee then their surviving loved ones may be able
to recover compensation under a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail, "Worker dies of head injury at Marshall County
coal mine," Oct. 4, 2013