The Occupational Hazards of Mining
Mining is not for the faint of heart, simply put. It is a dangerous occupation that places individuals at risk of serious injury, illness, or death in exchange for a salary that is nominally adjusted to reflect the inherent dangers. Though mine safety has taken significant steps forward in the decades since the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) was enacted, there are still a considerable number of occupational injuries and fatalities each year. As a mining worker, you are likely to endure an accident or illness that may require you to seek medical attention and miss time at work.
Fortunately, you have access to financial benefits through the workers’ compensation system established by the state of Iowa in addition to other mine-specific benefits. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance can be used to address the cost of medical bills, lost income, and other statutorily specified economic concerns. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to speak with an experienced attorney about your claim.
Statistics on Mine Safety from 2003-2007
The Mine Act directed the Mine Safety and Health Administration, under the auspices of the United States Department of Labor, to conduct annual inspections of all mining facilities around the country. Additionally, it is the agency tasked with providing a comprehensive view of safety conditions in mining environments. The work of the MSHA led to the compilation of the following rates of injury for the years 2003-2007
based upon cause (figures are per 100 full-time workers and only entail accidents and injuries that led to lost workdays):
- Handling materials – 2.39 workers (1.58 underground/0.81 surface)
- Slip and fall – 1.57 workers (0.94 underground/0.63 surface)
- Collapsed ground – 0.85 workers (all underground)
- Powered hauling – 0.86 workers (0.64 underground/0.22 surface)
- Machinery – 0.83 workers (0.59 underground/0.24 surface)
- Hand tools – 0.56 workers (0.33 underground/0.23 surface)
- Stepping or kneeling on an object – 0.17 workers (0.12 underground/0.05 surface)
- Electric shock – 0.06 workers (0.04 underground/0.02 surface)
- Other causes – 0.30 workers (0.19 underground/0.11 surface)
We can help you to obtain the benefits that you are due for your mining injury. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.