Coal Stockpile Collapse
Need a West Virginia coal mining accident attorney?
West Virginia laws on coal stockpiles, which went into effect in 2001, are designed to protect the health and safety of those who work in or around these necessary but potentially dangerous elements of the coal mining industry. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reports that since 1980, 18 coal miners have died in collapsed stockpile accidents. Regrettably, 8 of the 18 miners who were killed died in West Virginia coal mines.
No matter how well written, regulations are only as good as they are put into use. Safety and MSHA violations regarding coal stockpiles still pose a real threat to coal miners which can result in crush injuries and wrongful death.
Why Hire Fitzsimmons Law Firm
Starting 30 years ago, the Fitzsimmons Law Firm has protected the rights of injured workers and miners and has fought for just compensation on their behalf. In October of 2010, the firm's founding member, Bob Fitzsimmons, received recognition as one of the Top 75 Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers in the U.S. This experience and knowledge extends throughout the firm and if a coal stockpile collapse has caused injury to you or someone you know, it is important to have your case reviewed by a dedicated coal mining accident lawyer at the firm.
The Cause of Coal Stockpile Accidents
According to the MSHA, "When coal is drawn from the bottom of an overlying stockpile, a visible cone generally forms above the conveyor device, or feeder." They go on to state, "Occasionally, a cone does not form properly, leaving a void space below. The weight and vibrations from the equipment can cause that void to collapse." Safety precautions regarding coal stockpiles should act to either prevent such incidents from occurring or provide for their safe handling if an accident happens.
Coal stockpile accidents can have harsh consequences to operators and their families. Injuries can result in large hospital and other medical bills that extend well into the future and the injured worker may not be able to earn a living. The firm has secured, on behalf of its clients, hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. If you are injured, it is essential to have a firm behind you that is both trusted and accomplished.