Mining is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world and Texas miners are exposed to a variety of distinct dangers. While the number of miners killed in mining accidents are not as numerous as they once were, miners are still presented with a variety of significant dangers that can cause serious injuries and fatalities.

Applicable Safety Regulations

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is the agency that is tasked with overseeing the mining industry and implementing safety requirements.

Some of the dangerous about which miners must be particularly cautious include:

  • Chemical exposure.
  • Coal dust exposure.
  • Crushing accidents.
  • Defective safety equipment.
  • Electricity accidents.
  • Failure to provide safety equipment.
  • Fires
  • Flyrock blasting accidents.
  • Coal dust explosions.
  • Improperly trained worker accidents.
  • Lack of safety equipment.
  • Longwall shearer malfunctions.
  • Longwall shield collapses.
  • Methane gas explosions.
  • Mine cave-ins and collapses.
  • Mine-induced seismicity.
  • Misfires
  • Operator error accidents.
  • Premature blasts caused by faulty fuses or carelessness
  • Roof falls.
  • Runaway mine car accidents.
  • Vehicle accidents.

Potential Diseases and Illnesses for Miners

In addition to dangers presented by accidents, miners are also at risk of being injured in accidents involving a variety of potentially hazardous substances including chemical coal dust, gas, and high heat.

Some of the particular diseases of which Texas miners must be particularly careful include:

  • Asphyxiation,
  • Asthma,
  • Bronchitis,
  • Black lung disease,
  • Back problems,
  • Burn injuries,
  • Fractures,
  • Hearing loss,
  • Hypertension,
  • Joint damage,
  • Kidney disease,
  • Loss of limbs,
  • Lung cancer,
  • Neck damages,
  • Silicosis,
  • Soft tissue damage,
  • Spinal cord damages,
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Fortunately, there are applicable federal programs including the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation that are designed to provide benefits for miners who experience any of these diseases or illnesses. In the worst cases even wrongful deaths have been known to be caused by mining accidents.

Contact a Seasoned Texas Mining Accident Attorney

An established mining accident attorney is able to significant help individuals who are injured in mining accidents seek compensation for many resulting damages. Contact our firm today in order to take control of your mining accident.