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Accident in southern Pennsylvania coal mine kills worker

Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs that any worker can have, even after consideration that the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration and Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety have taken a number of measures in order to ensure that workers in mines are protected under as many circumstances as possible. Still, every now and then, news media reports that a mine worker has sustained injuries or has been killed while working in a coal mine somewhere in the country, including Pennsylvania.

According to news reports, a 43-year-old worker was recently killed while performing his duties at an underground coal mine near Somerset in southwestern Pennsylvania. The county coroner's report stated that the victim died because of a injuries caused by blunt force to his chest. Apparently, the fatal mining accident occurred after the victim was trapped between a mine wall and a machine that continuously digs coal.

The president of the company which employed the victim said that emergency medical crews were present at the scene of the accident and they rendered first aid before taking the victim to the hospital, where he eventually died. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration are carrying out the investigations necessary to determine the cause of death as well as any lapse in safety or work procedures on part of the employer or the employee.

A work accident resulting in death can bring about a number of emotional and financial difficulties for the victim's survivors. The situation is worse if that victim was the sole breadwinner for the family. In order to address those concerns, Pennsylvania does have a workers' compensation insurance system in place, but the process for obtaining benefits is often complicated. A lawyer familiar with workers compensation issues, however may be able to render assistance in such cases.

Source:, "State, feds investigating death of man in underground coal mine in southwestern Pennsylvania," Jan. 30, 2015

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