Mine collapses can have devastating results and, while they thankfully happen far less frequently in the UK than in other countries, injure and kill thousands of miners every year.
Causes of mine collapse
The collapse of a mine can be caused by a variety of factors: from local seismic activity or unexpected explosions to poor maintenance of supporting structures and anything in between. The results are typically horrific, with miners trapped in shafts, often exposed to the added risk of flooding, until rescue workers can free them.
Mining accidents at work
Often giving no or very little warning of an impending collapse, these work accidents in the mining industry, particularly in coal and hard rock mining, often involve potentially large numbers of workers. One of the most recent incidents in the UK, the collapse of Gleision Colliery, Wales, in September 2011, injured three workers who were lucky enough to escape in time. Four of their colleagues working further back in the mine were tragically killed.
Like workers in other occupations, miners, or the families of those who lost their lives, may be entitled to claim for work related injury compensation. While this can obviously not ease the pain of injuries or bring lost loved ones back to their families, it may assist with medical bills and other financial burdens placed upon miners’ families as the result of such tragic workplace accidents.
Claiming for work injury compensation
If you were injured or have lost a family member in a mine collapse or any other work accident within the last three years, and the incident is proven to be someone else’s fault, there is a good chance that you are entitled to compensation for your injury or the death of your relative.
How to claim for work injury compensation
The first step you should take is to verify that you are indeed entitled to make a compensation claim. This is easily done by calling Accident Advice Helpline on the provided free-phone number and discussing your case with one of the company’s friendly advisors. Alternatively, you can determine your eligibility and chances of success by consulting the ’30 second test’ (or compensation calculator) provided on Accident Advice Helpline’s Website.
About Accident Advice Helpline
Sponsored by consumer champion Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm offering legal advice and assistance in obtaining suitable personal injury compensation to individuals injured at work, on the road or in public places.