Mining is an incredibly dangerous industry, and everyone who works in the industry or loves someone who works in it already knows this to be true. The equipment that you use is dangerous, to say nothing of the cramped, narrow place where you work deep underground.

If some kind of accident occurs, emergency rescue may take days, if it is possible at all. Mining accidents that trap workers underground create a host of potential risks for those workers, often causing both short-term and long-term consequences.

The injuries from the accident can have lasting results

Whether the issue was a cave-in or an equipment failure that drops an elevator and leaves people unable to get back up, the incident that occurs may produce traumatic injuries in the workers involved. 

Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are all possible in cave-ins and similar mining accidents. As if that weren’t bad enough, all of the dust and detritus produced by an incident like a cave-in can affect workers’ lungs and eyes, potentially with long-term consequences.

Getting trapped underground could be the end of a career

Even those who avoid significant physical injuries in a mining accident may suffer emotional trauma from which it is impossible to recover. Witnessing the death of their co-workers or getting trapped in a manner that leads them without help for hours or days can result in intense trauma that lasts a lifetime. Those traumatized by workplace accidents may require intensive counseling and may never be able to return to the same career.

Mining accidents can hurt the body, but they can also damage the mind. Regardless of whether you experienced physical or psychological injuries from a mining accident, you potentially have rights to compensation for your suffering.