Pennsylvania Mining Accident Highlights Industry’s Hazards
August 1, 2013
The mining industry is considered the most dangerous line of work an American can be in today. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities when compared to all other lines of work in 2011, accounting for 721 deaths. A total of 200 of the workers who were killed died as a result of coming into contact with objects or equipment on the job site.
One such accident left a mine worker with Pennsylvania Personal Injuries that ultimately led to his death. Reports indicate the incident occurred yesterday morning at approximately 7 a.m., at an Amerikohl Mining, Inc. facility located in western Pennsylvania.
An article from NBC 10-Philadelphia explains the man was performing maintenance duties to the suspension system of a large truck when a support system gave way. The vehicle then came down on top of the worker, crushing him.
The incident underscores the serious dangers that those working in the mining industry face every day. State law requires that employers ensure the safety of their workers by implementing policies and procedures that protect workers from job hazards; however, employers often overlook these requirements.
The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys with Lundy Law understand how devastating an on-the-job injury or death can be. The firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the man who recently died.