Mines are dangerous working environments, and misuse of explosives can lead to work accidents with often fatal consequences.
Potential risks of accidents at work involving explosives
Improper use of explosives carries a high risk anywhere, but in mining environments these risks are multiplied. Potential consequences of such misuse may cause mines to collapse, become flooded and/or result in further explosions or fires caused by ensuing gas leaks. The resulting injuries of such workplace accidents can range from minor cuts; bruises and fractures to crushing, severe head injuries; blinding; loss of hearing and more or less severe burns to miners being killed through asphyxiation or drowning.
Preventing explosives-related accidents in the workplace
In order to prevent misuse of explosives and subsequent serious working accidents, employers must ensure that those handling explosives are properly trained in their use. All workers must be trained in relevant safety procedures, and necessary safety equipment for all concerned must be provided. Workers using explosives must adhere to the training and safety procedures provided and wear the relevant protective gear.
Workers injured through accidents caused by misuse of explosives may be entitled to claim for work injury compensation if the necessary training, safety procedures and or protective equipment were not provided or adhered to and used by the individual working with the explosives. In other words, if you were injured during a workplace incident involving explosives within a period of 36 months before your attempt to claim and the incident occurred through no fault of your own, you may qualify for compensation.
Establishing eligibility to claim
Calling Accident Advice Helpline or visiting this compensation provider’s website will help determine whether or not you qualify for a personal injury claim. If visiting the Website, you will be able to establish your eligibility by using the provided compensation calculator, a process that will take just seconds. You also have the opportunity to call the 24/7 helpline if you are in doubt.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown