According to a report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a 32-year-old coal miner was working as a shieldman in the Century Mine in southern Ohio when he was struck and killed by “a massive discharge of hydraulic fluid.” His workplace injury death brings the total number of U.S. coal miners killed on the job to this year to 20.
The Century Mine is located in Beallsville, near the West Virginia border of southeastern Ohio. MHSA data shows that the mine has registered 33 injuries since January 2013, including four in the past month alone. Since the beginning of 2013, the mine has received 275 safety citations, including 86 S&S (significant and substantial) citations regarding life-threatening dangers at the site.
Mining companies have a responsibility to ensure their operations live up to the strictest safety standards. When inspections and repairs are not carried out immediately, machinery malfunctions pose a high risk of injury or death to workers. If a mine worker is killed on the job in a preventable accident like this one, his surviving family members can pursue compensation through an Ohio wrongful death lawsuit.
If your loved one has been killed in a workplace accident, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Ohio wrongful death attorney.