Safety and MSHA Violations
MSHA Violations Attorneys
Gradually, the laws have changed and improved to regulate the safety and health standards of the mining industry. Long known as a difficult and dangerous field, mining is now regulated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and laws such as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER Act).
Common Mining Injuries
Even with regulations, in 2014 miners suffered 5,200 injuries and 45 fatalities. While many companies and individuals work to see that the mining industry is made safe, there are frequent violations of safety standards and MSHA regulations. These result in the following common mining injuries:
Common Causes for MSHA Violations
The most common mining injuries and accidents are often preventable. According to MSHA the following violations are the most common preventable hazards that cause fatalities at a mining job site:
- Failure to provide task training
- Failure to conduct examinations
- Failure to conduct risk assessment
- Failure to conduct pre-operational checks
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Failure to provide policies, procedures and controls
- Failure to provide personal protective equipment
The most common victims of fatal mining injuries are workers with 5 years or less experience on the job. The number one cause of mining fatalities is machinery misuse, failure or defect.
How MSHA Violations Attorneys Can Help
When violations of MSHA regulations result in injury or death, the families of hard-working miners suffer emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an MSHA violation our proven and experienced mining accident attorneys will get you the justice you deserve. Call 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and will travel to you.