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How can I reduce the risk of mining injury?

If you are currently employed as a miner in Pennsylvania, you most likely face a number of hazards on a daily basis. These hazards can lead to catastrophic injury or even death without the proper safety measures in place. Accordingly, it's important to know what steps you and your employer can take to mitigate the chance of debilitating injury.

Industrial supply company Grainger offers some methods for keeping you and other mine workers safe. In the event of an emergency, lines of communication are vital to getting assistance in a timely manner. That's why it's essential that your mining operation has a fully functioning communications system to ensure emergency services can be notified as soon as an incident occurs.

Depending on the type of mine, you may also face a risk of falling from great heights during the course of work. Certain gear, such as harnesses, are an important safety component to this end. Despite the type of mine in question, all workers should be outfitted with the right clothing and protective equipment. This can include ear protection, industrial-strength footwear, safety goggles, helmets and high visibility clothing to ensure you remain noticeable to your fellow workers in exceedingly dark environments.

Having a disaster plan in place is another important concern. Your employer should undertake routine drills to make sure that you and your co-workers know just what to do in the event of an emergency. Part of this entails keeping tabs on all miners, including where they are stationed and on what day. Alert systems, such as those meant to signal increases in air toxicity, are also integral to your health and safety. Maintenance of these systems should occur on a regular basis to check that they remain functional.

If you've suffered a work-related injury, speaking to a worker's compensation lawyer is recommended so that you can have a better understanding of your legal options. 

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