Mining has historically been one of the most dangerous jobs. From the working conditions to the hazardous tasks performed, it is not hard to see why. Over the last couple of decades, safety precautions have improved immensely, along with the injury and fatality rates among miners.
In 2018, 27 miners lost their lives while on the job. This number is far lower than in previous years. In the ten years prior, there were over 400 mining fatalities. Even though safety is at the forefront of the mining industry now, injuries are still common.
What are some common causes of mining injuries?
With mining accidents on the decline, there are still hazards that pose a risk, such as:
- Unexpected explosions: Through the use of faulty equipment, gas explosions can occur in the mines. When multiple explosions happen at once, disaster can strike. Two of the most significant mining accidents in history were due to methane explosions.
- Earthquakes: Mine explosions can sometimes cause minor earthquakes to happen underground. This occurrence is even more prevalent if your mine is located in an area that has frequent earthquakes.
- Early detonations: Whether due to a mechanical error or an employee’s mistake, detonating a charge too early can cause serious harm.
- Blasting charge errors: When a charge does not fully explode, there is a risk of it detonating later. The remnants of the charge could still be active and leave others in danger.
- Boulder impacts: Explosions can sometimes throw large rocks around and if you are in range, a boulder could strike you.
If you are hurt while working, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Mining accidents are severe and can be fatal if not handled properly.
After receiving medical care, consider speaking with an attorney. You could have a workers’ compensation claim based on your injuries.