Considering mines are located underground you would expect that mine floods would be a common cause of accidents at work. However, this is not the most common cause of most mine accident at work injuries.
What are the most common causes of an accident at work in mines?
The most common work injury causes are poisonous gases being present and exploding. A good example of this is that methane is often trapped in between the layers of rock and is a highly explosive gas. Misuse of mining equipment or faulty tools can create a reaction and cause the rock to explode often causing very serious work injuries.
These methane explosions and mine dust explosions have caused some of the biggest mining disasters in history. The worst mining disaster in Europe was directly caused by this and caused 1,099 deaths in 1906.
The other common cause of mining work injuries are blasting related injuries. This is similar to the previous accident at work cause except that this one relates to the use of purposefully detonated explosives in mines to help clear rocks. If set off too early or too late this can cause much more devastation than a simple accident at work claim.
How to prevent an accident at work claim in a mine?
The most important thing if you are working in a mine is to always follow safety guidelines and never try to take shortcuts. If you think any of the machinery you are using could have a fault with it, immediately turn it off and report this to your manager as it could quite easily spark off a severe reaction or explosion.
Finally, if you see anyone who is trying to break the rules or is not following health and safety always report them. It is better to be known as someone that always follows the rules and stays safe than the one who could have saved himself and other miners from a serious accident at work.
But if you do have an accident, whether it is down a mine or anywhere at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is committed to helping their clients get the compensation they deserve. Speak to someone today on 0800 689 0500 to see how much your claim could potentially be worth.