Employers, Contractors and Equipment Manufacturers can all be Liable for Kentucky Mining Accidents
Workers on the job in Kentucky have a right to expect that conditions on the site will be safe. In a field as dangerous as mining, there is even more riding on an employer’s attention to complying with health and safety regulations. But even when employers take pains to comply with applicable safety rules, subcontractors and other third parties might not take their safety responsibilities quite so seriously. If an equipment rental company failed to adequately maintain or install a piece of industrial equipment, and its malfunction caused serious injuries to a worker, then that worker may have a claim for damages against that third party, aside from workers’ compensation benefits. If you’ve been injured on the job, an attorney experienced in helping injured workers will be able to assist with your application for workers’ compensation benefits, and will also be able to help you determine if you have a claim against a third party who put your safety at risk with their negligence. Third party claims can help you take care of yourself and your family when workers’ compensation isn’t enough.
Kentucky Miner Dies in Equipment Collapse
In Kentucky’s second mining-related death this year, an employee at the Sebree Mine in Webster County recently died in an accident. Rickey Thorpe, 29, of Dawson Springs, was working on the head of a continuous mining machine, which is a large, wide vehicle with spinning sharp teeth for digging into a coal seam. The machine collapsed onto Thorpe, crushing him. The mine, owned by Alliance Resource Partners, produced nearly 2.4 million tons of coal in 2014, and employs 300 workers. The mine had a high rate of injury last year but has a better-than-average safety record for the current year. The mine has been closed pending an investigation into the accident.
In May of this year, miner Roy Mullins, 45, was killed while working at an Apex Energy surface mine in Pike County. In that accident, Mullins was crushed between a road grader and tractor-trailer.
If you have been injured on the job as a result of your employer or a third party’s failure to keep your workplace safe, contact the experienced Georgetown workers’ compensation and workplace injury attorney Jeremy Mattox, at 502-867-6766.