Accident Advice Helpline is a registered law firm with over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury claims including accidents at work. We understand the hazards and dangers of almost all occupations better than most and are dedicated to providing our clients with information relating to health and safety in the workplace. Mining and quarrying is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, with statistics published by the HSE revealing that mining and quarrying accounts for 6 per cent of annual workplace fatalities. In this article we take a closer look at the phenomenon of mining-induced seismicity.
What is mining-induced seismicity?
Mining-induced seismicity refers to an unusually high level of seismic activity that occurs as a result of mining. Mining leaves behind large voids in rock formations which can collapse and cause seismic activity akin to that experienced in an earthquake. This is extremely dangerous as seismic activity can cause a mine to collapse and trap workers. It isn’t just the workers of mines who are at risk of mining-induced seismicity as a small earthquake can potentially cause injury and damage to property of those in the near vicinity of the mine. Mines which use explosives for blasting and extraction are particularly vulnerable to mining-induced seismicity. The phenomenon is currently a very relevant topic in the debate regarding fracking and the extraction of shale gas from the ocean bed.
Mining-induced seismicity and compensation
Remember, if you work in a quarry or mining and you’ve suffered an injury in your line of work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim work-accident compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. Contact us today for more information on 0800 689 0500. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly and professional advisers who will be more than willing to help you process your claim for compensation. Remember, all claims are made on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis so you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful in your pursuit of compensation and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claim that may be discussed over the phone.
Date Published: February 19, 2014
Author: David Brown