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Unfortunately, we cannot predict when or where the next mining accident will occur. However, there are specific things that can be done to limit the risks of a mining accident.

— Train, train and train some more: Miners must have extensive safety training and there is a lot of not only mandatory training for minors, but optional training, too.

— Simulation: Many of those in charge of mining operations make use of high-tech tools to train miners correctly. Some of these tools include virtual reality simulators and machinery simulators. When miners can see what can happen in emergencies, the skill and progress of the miner can be easier to pinpoint.

— Safety legislation: Governments, professional organizations, labor organizations, mine operators and many more academia are likely to make up the rules to mining. Many international mining groups have pushed their exploitation and health and safety standards. When these are implements, it becomes safer. However, There are other things to consider, too, such as personal protective equipment, safer explosive products and the replacement of workers for operations that are the most dangerous.

If you have a workers’ compensation claim because of a workplace accident, you may benefit from the knowledge of an experienced attorney. Your attorney can work to provide you with a strong defense, including one that can handle all of the ins and outs that your case will have. You deserve to be compensated when you are injured in a workplace accident. Such compensation can include medical expenses, emotional distress and lost wages, all of which can be of importance when you are injured and unable to work.

Source: The Balance, “What Can Be Done to Prevent Mining Accidents?,” Emily A. Gardner and Michael Belcher, accessed Dec. 07, 2016

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