October 5th, 2012|
October 5, 2012
Five Ohio mine workers were injured recently in an accident at the Buckingham Coal Co. mine. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the incident occurred Wednesday, September 19, just after 7:00 a.m. at the mine located about 75 miles southeast of Columbus.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Amy Louviere, stated the accident occurred when two rail cars traveling in opposite directions on the same set of tracks collided head-on. One of the workers was airlifted to an Ohio State University hospital to receive treatment after suffering a head injury, while another was taken because of a severe hip injury. The other miners were transported to an Athens, Ohio, hospital for treatment to less severe injuries. All the men will have to file workers’ compensation claims to be compensated for their injuries.
In 2012, Buckingham’s No.7 mine has incurred a staggering 81 citations for safety violations totaling fines of over $10,500. This lack of emphasis on safety may be one reason why the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the mining industry to be the second most dangerous type of work in the United States, accounting for 154 fatalities last year.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy believe employers have a responsibility to keep their workers safe. Call us if you have been hurt in a work-related accident that was caused by another person’s negligence.