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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most dangerous careers: Miner

    Some careers are more dangerous than others and there is no doubt that miners work in one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Here are some of the risks miners have to face on a daily basis.

    Accidents at work in mines

    Cave-ins are among the most commonly encountered accidents in mines. They may be the result of subsidence; improperly secured ceilings or walls, or cracks due to shafts being excavated to deep weakening floor and/or wall structures. Landslides or flooding may also result in mines caving in.

    Injury by gas explosion

    Build-up of methane can be ignited all too easily by sparks generated by potentially faulty mining equipment. In order to prevent pockets of gas forming and explosions being triggered by sparks, good ventilation systems must be provided and equipment must be regularly checked for faults.

    Exposure to chemicals and toxic fumes

    Ore mining in particular carries a risk of being injured by chemical exposure or inhalation of fumes, as ores often need to be transformed into usable commodities with the help of chemicals. If these chemicals are not stored securely; adequate ventilation is not provided or safe working procedures are not followed, leakages can lead to potentially serious injuries at work.

    Industrial illnesses

    Chemical leakage or fumes may also lead to long-term conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for example. This industrial disease can, by the way, also be caused by prolonged exposure to or inhalation of dust. In addition, miners may develop vibration white finger or other repetitive strain injuries through prolonged use of drills and similar vibrating equipment.

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    Injury by electrocution

    Working with heavy electrical equipment like drills and other industrial machinery as well as light fittings pose a risk of injuries by electrocution, especially if the environment is damp. Faulty equipment, worn plugs or wiring may also cause work injuries, as well as potentially sparking explosions.

    Mining accidents involving fire

    Electrical faults, gas leaks and spills of flammable chemicals may cause fires likely to result in miners suffering burn injuries at work.

    Industrial injury compensation

    If you suffered a work related injury following an accident in a mine, you may be entitled to claim work injury compensation. You can clarify your eligibility to claim for compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This law firm has over 15 years of experience in obtaining compensation for miners. Their specialised lawyers efficiently bring no win no fee* compensation claims to swift satisfactory conclusions.

    Date Published: March 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.