The coal mining industry is notorious for being dangerous despite the fact that regulators have tried to institute various measures to protect workers from coal mining accidents. In fact, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, people who work in the coal mining industry are nearly six times more likely to sustain fatal injuries than workers in the private sector.
What may be just as tragic as this risk is the fact that, in many cases, the coal mining accidents that lead to serious or even fatal injuries could have been prevented if not for the negligence of some person or party.
In this two-part blog, we will discuss some of the specific forms of negligence that commonly cause coal mine accidents, as well as the range of injuries people sustain due to these accidents. If you or a loved one has been harmed in any type of coal mine accident, the Southern Illinois coal mine accident lawyers at Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are ready to fight for your rights to compensation and justice.
Coal Mine Accident Causes: When Negligence Causes Coal Mine Accidents
Some of the forms of negligence that can lead to coal mine accidents include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Mining companies’ negligence – This can involve a mining company’s failure to comply with federal safety regulations, a failure to properly train its employees, a failure to properly maintain mining equipment, etc.
- Co-workers’ negligence – This may specifically manifest as a mining worker’s intentional disregard for following safety procedures, a worker’s failure to report dangerous conditions at a mine or site, a worker’s on-the-job intoxication, etc.
- Equipment manufacturers’ negligence – This may involve a manufacturer’s failure to use safe or durable components when manufacturing mining equipment, a failure to test the safety of such equipment, a failure to recall equipment known to be defective, etc.
Don’t miss the upcoming second part of this blog for some more important information regarding coal mine accidents and injuries.
Mount Vernon Coal Mine Accident Lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon and Southern Illinois coal mine accidents lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to injured people since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, we are passionate about our clients, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life.
We take pride in tailoring our legal representation to specifically meet our clients’ needs and in expertly guiding them through each stage of the complex the legal process. While our attorneys are aggressive and effective litigators both inside and outside of the courtroom, we are also counselors that can provide our clients with helpful legal advice regarding their best options.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a coal mine accident, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the page. We can provide you with a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.