In West Virginia, many people are employed to work in and around coal mines. Unfortunately, coal mining work can be dangerous, resulting in injuries and fatalities. In some cases, coal mine roofs that are not supported correctly may collapse, trapping workers below. If you have been injured in a coal mine accident or your loved one has been killed, you might need to understand how you might handle your case.
As of the beginning of August, 10 coal miner deaths had been reported around the country, five of which occurred in West Virginia mines. This number has already passed the record low of eight coal miner fatalities that occurred in 2016. The spike in fatalities has the United Mine Workers of America saying that the federal mine safety agency is not doing enough to prevent accidents.
Coal miners in West Virginia and elsewhere are seeing production in the industry increase. However, along with increased production, miners are also experiencing an increased number of serious workplace injuries on the job, including five fatalities in the state from January to August 2017.
The coal industry in West Virginia has been hit particularly hard due to a slowdown in mining. As a result, lawmakers in the state considered scaling back the number of mine inspections. While they backed off due to criticism, other Appalachian coal states such as Kentucky have passed laws that cut back on the number of mandatory safety inspections.