Causes of Mining Accidents
Working in mines has historically been one of the most dangerous professions. Today, even with advancements in technology and safety regulations, mine fires and explosions still occur and cause tragic injuries and loss of life. In the past decade, 450 people have died in mining accidents, with up to 15 percent of the fatalities directly caused by fires and explosions.
Different mines present different hazards, which may include:
- Deadly gasses
- Lack of oxygen
- Unsafe mine shafts and highwalls
- Cave-ins and decaying structural timbers
- Unstable explosives
- Deep water pools
Deadly gasses present one of the biggest hazards to miners because of their potential to start fires and explosions. Natural gasses found underground can ignite if they come into contact with a spark or other flame. This can result in a large fire or an explosion that can trap miners underground and cut off their access to oxygen.
Concerned about unsafe working conditions and the dangerous nature of the mining profession, miners and labor unions have pushed for years to secure stricter safety standards for mining companies. Sadly, even in recent years with increased technology, some companies fail to make worker safety a top priority, instead sacrificing it for increased productivity. As a result, mining accidents, including fires and explosions, still claim lives each year.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a mining fire or explosion, the fire and explosion lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help. To learn more about your legal options and pursuing compensation for your losses, contact our offices today by calling 800-242-2874.