Mining no longer plays the key role in the British economy that it once did, however, the industry still continues and because of the potentially dangerous conditions underground accidents do happen. If you are a mineworker who has suffered a mishap at work you may well wish to seek mining accident advice.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have specialists experienced in offering our clients detailed mining accident advice. We are a law firm, and among our other services we offer advice and representation to people who are the victims of accidents in the workplace, including those who suffer accidents down the mines.
When seeking mining accident advice it is likely to involve learning whether you can make a claim for the injuries you have suffered. If successful, the amount awarded is intended to compensate you for the pain and suffering, and loss of earnings you have incurred following the accident; any medical costs and if need be, the cost of any care, be it short, medium or long term. It is therefore essential that you seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible following a mining accident.
Prior to making a claim it is necessary to determine who is responsible for causing the accident. This is important as those found to be liable will be the persons or body the claim is made against. In most cases this will be your employer, because they have a duty of care to you and your fellow miners under UK Health and Safety regulations.
Mining, by its very nature, is dangerous. Roofs can collapse and underground gases can explode. The work may also involve working with or in close proximity to, heavy machinery, which can be extremely hazardous. Dust and particles can also damage your health. This puts a heavy onus on your employer to take all necessary steps to ensure your health and safety.
Your employer must ensure you are issued with the necessary safety equipment to protect you during your shift. Any machinery used must be in good working order and regularly maintained, while those operating it should be properly trained on how to use it. Sometimes, explosives have to be used underground and when this happens all steps must be taken to ensure you and your colleagues remain safe.
Should your employer fail to adhere to Health and Safety and other regulations, and there is an accident, you may well be able to make a claim.
To make a claim for an accident in the mine you must not have been responsible for the incident. However, even if there is doubt about your culpability you should still contact us at Accident Advice Helpline for advice.
Based on the information you provide us with, along with that of any witnesses and possibly the results of any formal investigations by the authorities, we will be able to advise you if there are grounds for a claim and against whom it should be made.
You may have fears about running up a large legal bill, especially if your mining accident claim is unsuccessful. You can rest assured that at Accident Advice Helpline we operate a system whereby you do not have to pay any upfront fees.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 1, 2014
Author: David Brown