This area has long been crucial to America’s mining industry, producing metals, coal and other fuels. According to the State of Wyoming Geological Survey, Wyoming provides power to more than half the states in the country. As a miner, the work you do is important — but it can also be very dangerous.
If you are a miner injured in a work-related accident, you may have trouble paying for medical appointments, medications and treatments. Losing wages during your recovery can make it hard to pay household bills. Yet it is intimidating to stand up to large, rich, powerful corporations. Here is what you and your family need to know about mining workplace accidents.
At the mine, you may work with explosives, which can blast prematurely or misfire. Even blasts that go as planned may cause rocks to strike workers. Methane, other gasses or coal dust may explode.
Your workplace contains other hazards, too. Objects or machinery may fall on you. You may trip over debris. Large, heavy equipment can malfunction. Because it displaces large amounts of earth, mining may cause the very ground you walk on to become unstable.
Mining accidents may result in fatality. The U.S. Department of Labor states that, in 2019 there were a dozen coal mining-related deaths.
Many more incidents result in injury. If injure yourself at work you may suffer one or more of the following conditions:
- Accidental amputation
- Back injury
- Head trauma
- Joint pain, sprain, strain or tear
- Sensory damage such as hearing loss or vision impairment
If you injure yourself at work, you may face substantial physical, mental and financial woes. Stand up for your rights and get the care you need.