Two coal mine workers received minor injuries recently when a large rock became dislodged and fell from the mine ceiling. The Pennsylvania mine, which collapsed in 2005 and resulted in the death of a worker, has been temporarily closed until the workplace accident can be fully investigated by government agencies and authorities, and a determination made that the mine is again safe for operation.
Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the State Bureau of Mine Safety were on hand to assess the situation, and stated that the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, but that the injured workers were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.
It is estimated that the entire rescue operation took approximately one hour to complete, and that the workers were believed to be alert and conscious throughout the rescue. Officials from state and federal agencies that oversee and regulate the operation of mines are conducting the investigation.
Workers who are injured on the job may find that the services of an attorney who is experienced in claims pertaining to workers compensation and/or employer safety to be invaluable. A lawyer who has dealt with similar claims in the past may be able to assist a worker who has been injured on the job and may not know which direction to turn. An attorney such as this may also be able to negotiate the maximum settlement possible for the injured worker, a service that may prove invaluable in the future when residual effects of the injury may manifest.
An attorney may also be able to advise an injured worker as to whether a settlement is advised, and may work with the injured party's doctor, or recommend additional medical opinions for substantiation of the worker's recovery and ability to return to work.
Source: WTRF, "2 injured in W. Pa. mine collapse", June 24, 2013