Did you read about the Utah mine that collapsed, killing nine individuals several years ago?
Accidents in the workplace, especially in an underground coal mine, are unfortunately not unusual. They range from simple slip and falls to major devastating explosions.
After a long investigation, the Mine Safety and Health Administration reached a settlement with the firm responsible for this deadly incident. They determined that the flawed engineering analysis by this firm resulted in inadequate mine design and unsafe pillar dimensions.
Their negligence contributed to the accident that killed six miners and three rescue workers. The responsible firm has agreed to pay $100,000 for a high-negligence violation in an underground coal mine years ago.
The investigation showed that the minders died when roof-supporting coal pillars collapsed, causing an outburst that violently ejected coal over a half-mile area in the underground mine tunnels. Ten days later, three others died in another coal outburst that occurred during rescue efforts.
Over the last few years, MSHA has made numerous reforms, including enforcement, administrative and regulatory, to improve the health and safety of all miners in the United States. In addition, the parent company to the engineering firm pled guilty in federal court to two criminal misdemeanors for its willful violation of mandatory health and safety standards at the mine, and has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.
I'd like to extend my sincere condolences to the families of these unfortunate victims.
As a general rule, your employer, whether in an office, on a construction site, or in an underground coal mine, has a duty to keep the workplace safe and free from accidental injuries or death.
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you have the right to sue them directly for all of your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other damages caused by their negligence.
The personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Peach & Weathers have proven experience in representing persons who have suffered from a workplace injury. Because we understand how challenging life can be in the aftermath of a workplace accident, we are prepared to provide you the comprehensive legal representation you need and deserve.
Call us today; we have offices in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.