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West Virginia Coal Miner Dies in Machine Accident

A West Virginia coal miner was recently killed in a machinery accident.

According to the regulators from the Office of Miner’s Health, Safety, and Training, Roger W. Herndon was struck in the side of his body by a piece of steel auger drill. Herndon, 33-years old and from Rainelle, was an auger helper at the mine and is the fourth miner to die in the state this year.

The accident occurred at the Princess Polly Anna and JCT Enterprises surface mine, which is located in Greenbrier County. Herndon was pronounced dead at the hospital.

State investigators continue to review the incident.

Miner Safety a Continuing Issue in West Virginia and throughout the Country

Miner safety continues to raise concerns in several states.

Data from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration shows eight miners have died in 2018. Fatal incidents occurred in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Mining is one of the most dangerous industries in the industries in existence. Many of the risks once associated with the work have been reduced in the modern era due to oversight and regulations, but there are still concerns and injuries and health issues associated with mining can be devastating.

Miners are at risk for both short- and long-term health issues. Miners wear emergency breathing devices while they are on the job in case there is a problem and they are faced with a limited air supply. Unfortunately, this emergency supply of oxygen is not always dependable.

Those who work in mines also face the risk of cave-ins, explosions, carbon monoxide and methane gas exposure, and injuries related to machinery, like the one that killed Mr. Herndon. Mining accidents can be devastating and often result in serious, permanent injuries and death. Secondary injuries and events often arise, as well, after miners are exposed to gasses or must wait long periods of time to be rescued from the mines.

Experienced Lawyers Familiar with Mining Accidents

At Heavens Law, we’ve worked with miners and their families after mining accidents affected their lives. Mining is one of the primary industries in our area and we understand the challenges and the benefits associated with the work.

If you or a loved one was injured in a mining accident, we can help. We’ll review your case and provide information to help you make the best decision based on your circumstances. For more information, contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377.