Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

What are the biggest risks as a miner?

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2018 | Workplace Accidents

Some professions are simply more dangerous than others. This is true when one makes a comparison, say, with an office-based desk job and a person who works in mines. The differences in the risks that come with each job are almost incomparable.

However, although mining jobs are undoubtedly riskier than office-based jobs, this does not mean that the risks that miners face each day should be simply accepted. It is important for employers and employees alike to understand the risks of mining so that they can understand how to improve safety and prevent injuries.

Flooding in mines

Groundwater ingresses and heavy rains can be big factors for leading to flooding in mines. Flooding can cause the death of miners; therefore, an adequate analyzation of flash flood risks is vital for any mine.

Cave collapses

Unfortunately, one of the most common accidents in mines is related to collapses. This can happen when the walls are not adequately supported or when the shaft floor or walls gain cracks.

Chemical leaks

Toxic fumes, as well as dust, can be risky for miners. Proper storage of chemicals is vital to prevent chemical leakage. It is also important that mine workers adhere to the strict safety procedures that are in place.

If you have been injured as a result of working in a mine in the state of California, it is likely that you will be entitled to some form of workers’ compensation to help you fund your medical treatment and to mitigate the cost of time spent off work in order to recover.