Dangers of Coal Mining
Working in coal mining has been one of the most dangerous professions in our nation's history. Although advancements in technology and safety regulations have helped, mine fires, explosions, and cave collapses still occur and cause serious injuries and loss of life. In the past decade, 450 people have died in mining accidents, many of them in the coal mining and other hard rock mining operations.
Causes of Cave Collapse in Coal Mining
Mining accidents can have a variety of causes, which include leaks of poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulfide or explosive natural gases, especially firedamp or methane. But often the most widespread source of destruction in mining comes from a cave collapse, or cave in, in which the structure of the mine shaft collapses in on itself trapping the workers underneath. A few causes of a cave collapse include:
- Dust explosions
- Collapsing of mine stopes (excavations)
- Mining induced seismicity (earthquake)
- Flooding or other natural disaster
- Improper use and deployment of mining explosives
- Failure to maintain integrity of the mining shaft
- Damage by malfunctioning or poorly operated equipment
Just a few months ago, two workers were killed and 20 more were seriously hurt in a mining accident in Colorado. Although a cave collapse was first suspected, the injuries were actually caused following an incident involving explosives which in turn released deadly carbon monoxide gas into the mine.
Injuries Suffered From Mining and Cave in Accidents
Given the volatile and dangerous nature of the work, many injuries can be sustained during a cave in accident which include:
- Broken bones
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Smoke inhalation
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a mining cave in or related accident, the expert attorneys of Arnold & Itkin can help. To learn more about your legal options and pursuing compensation for your losses, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win your case.