March 27, 2012
Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United Sates today. ABC World News reports that an average of 50 to 60 miners die each year as a result of accidents on the job, including cave-ins, explosions, and toxic gases; however, these workers often face many dangers that are unforeseen.
For instance, a 37-year-old shuttle car operator in an Alabama coal mine died Friday in a work-related accident. According to reports from ABC 33/40 News, the incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. at the Drummond Company’s Shoal Creek Mine that spans three counties.
The Walker County man came into contact with a charged cable that was trailing behind the rail car he was operating near the Camp Creek Portal and was electrocuted according to a preliminary report on the accident that was released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Co-workers attempted to revive the man, but the miner was declared dead when rescue crews and deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene.
Officials with the MSHA have stated that they have begun a full investigation into the fatal accident.
The Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know that employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe while they are on the job. The firm would also like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the worker who was tragically killed in this horrible accident.