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Mines continue to manufacture unsafe working conditions

When it comes to safety in Nashville, Tennessee, regulations have been put into place that are designed to lower management and manufacturing risks. However, there are defective products or manufacturing or unsafe business practices that can create dangerous situations. Sometimes, these situations may even be lethal. This can especially be the case with already-dangerous businesses like mining.

In recent news that has the mining world in a frenzy, it was revealed that safety issues reportedly fixed five years ago are still occurring today. Even though there has been a reported 60% reduction in serious violations due to several changes made to the law, it has also been reported that there are still some mining companies that refuse to comply with these new rules. In some instances, mine examinations have come up with excessive amounts of both coal dust and methane. This is particularly hazardous due to the involvement of these materials in another catastrophic incident.

Back on April 5, 2010, 29 miners were killed in an Appalachian mining accident. The cause of the accident was determined to be an excessive build up of both coal dust and methane gas. The two materials combined to form a huge fireball, which cased the fatalities. The federal government stiffened up rules and increased both inspections and raids due to this incident. In addition, former officials who owned Massey Energy gained 5 convictions by prosecution because of their negligence in relation to the fireball.  The continued poor practices are therefore alarming.

Injury due to defective management, products or a hazardous environment are sometimes unfortunately unavoidable despite safety precautions. However, keeping an eye on these precautions to see who practices them can limit the damage that may be faced. If someone has faced injury due to negligence at the workplace, they may wish to contact an attorney.

Source: Times Free Press, “5 years after coal mine blast, explosion risks persist,” April 4, 2015

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