Mining is both one of the most common and most dangerous jobs available in Pennsylvania. As a result of many of the risks involved with mining, the industry has received a lot of government legislation since the late 1800s. There have also been many major mining accidents. For example, the 1919 Wilkes-Barre mining explosion.
Some of the most common injuries associated with mining include back, neck, shoulder, knee, and wrist injuries, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome and lung disease. Miners that are injured on the job in Pennsylvania are entitled to PA workers’ compensation benefits. Below is a list of safety tips miners can use to help themselves remain safe on the job.
When mining, it’s crucial that all employees use the proper safety equipment. Hardhats, goggles, gloves, ear protection and breathing equipment are essential. Also, for those that mine underground, it’s important that workers are given enough light to safely perform their job.
Workers should also break and stretch regularly (for approximately 10 minutes every hour) and should try to rotate tasks to avoid repetitive strain injuries and all lifting should be done using proper lifting technique. Also, it’s important for miners to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, and to take their work very seriously. Dangerous jobsites such as mines are no place for joking and horseplay.
Different miners need to dress for different conditions. Coal miners, for example, work in cooler, damp conditions. Those that work in cold damp areas will want to dress warm and wear waterproof shoes. However, many of those that work above ground (for example, hydrofracking) often work in hot, dry conditions, and will want to dress as cool as possible without compromising their safety (for example, no matter how hot it is, you should still wear goggles and a hardhat).
If you are a miner in the Harrisburg, York, or Lancaster area that has been injured on the job, call PAWorkersCompHelpNow to find out if you qualify for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Even if your employer has rejected your claim, you can fight for the benefits you are entitled to. Contact us at (717) 234-2402 or send us an email.
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