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Pennsylvania mine workers hurt on the job

Two Pennsylvania coal mine workers were about 6 miles into a mine when a rock fell from a roof support. According to police, the men's injuries were minor; one had a back injury and the other had a knee injury. The mine will cease operating for a few days while federal and state agencies, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration, investigate.

Even though the men's injuries were minor, it would be sensible to contact Workers' Compensation Attorneys who will be able to advocate on their behalf in order to ensure that they receive the medical care and workers' compensation benefits to which they are entitled.

The accident occurred in the afternoon at the Tracy Lynne Mine, operated by Rosebud Mining Co. The workers were about 400 feet down when they were hurt. After the rock fell from a roof support, it took about a half hour to get the men out of the mine. The men were in a crawl space, with a ceiling height of about 48 inches, hanging an air-directing curtain when the rock fell. They were not trapped by the rock, which measured 3 feet by 9 feet by 3 inches. The men were conscious and alert when they were rescued.

According to reports, a coal miner was killed at the Tracy Lynne mine when a roof collapsed in 2005.

It is in the best interest of a person suffering from a work-related accident to seek out the assistance of an attorney in order to become informed of their rights. The attorney will be knowledgeable about all of the relevant workers' compensation, personal injury and employment laws in that state. To determine where negligence lies, a legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and then recommend the best course of legal action to take.


Source: 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Two workers injured in Armstrong County coal mine" Lexi Belculfine, Jun. 24, 2013

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