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America's Most Dangerous Jobs: Mining Machine Operator

There are a variety of jobs that bring about a lot of risks in America. In fact, there are many jobs that have high death rates or are constantly dealing with worker’s compensation lawsuits because of the common injuries. One of the most dangerous jobs in our nation is that of a mining machine operator. According to CNN about 39 per 100,000 mining machine operators will die on the job.

In 2010, a mine explosion in Virginia killed 29 out of 31 miners at the work site. The disaster was considered the worst coal mining disaster in 40 years, according to the United Mine Worker of America. Explosions like this aren’t rare, because the machines can often malfunction. When the men are all in the dark mines below the ground, an explosion can cause rocks to fall, trapping the men underneath the heavy boulders.

Mining fatalities rose 74 percent in the year 2010, and 172 people died on the job. Mining machinery operators suffered 23 deaths that year. The main danger in coal mines is methane gas. CNN says that this combustible substance can get trapped in coal seams and then escape into the tunnels and mine shafts. The chemical will explode if ignited. It can cause cave-ins and blasts that can burn workers far down the tunnel.

If your loved one was killed in a mining accident, or you were injured in one of these tragic explosions, then you need to contact a personal injury attorney today. Lawyers like the men and women at Negroni Law are here to seek damages for you. Contact a Broward County personal injury lawyer if you need help today seeking compensation for an injury or obtaining damages for a horrific death.