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Missouri underground mine worker dies in work accident

Missouri mine workers are constantly facing hazardous situations and typically rely on their employers to protect them against workplace injuries. The lack of proper safety training and experience, along with inadequate supervision, often lead to workplace accidents. Ensuring safe environments for mine workers requires strict compliance with safety guidelines as prescribed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A tragic work accident recently claimed the life of a mine worker in Missouri.

Reportedly, the man was in the cab of the equipment he used to inspect the roof of an area where mining activities were carried out. This apparently involves scaling the roof of the cavity to check for loose rock and then removing it from the work area. MSHA says some loose rocks unexpectedly fell on the cab and caused the death of the worker.

All operations were stopped, and workers were removed from the area. Although rescue teams went underground to secure the working area, operations will not continue while the accident is being investigated. MSHA is leading the accident investigation and will not provide permission to resume operations until worker safety can be verified.

Missouri families of workers who lost their lives in any type of work accident may pursue financial relief by pursuing a claim for workers' compensation death benefits. While money can never undo the tragedy, compensation for funeral and burial costs may ease the financial burden. In addition, a portion of lost wages will typically be paid to a deceased worker's spouse and dependents to assist with living expenses.

Source: fox2now.com, "Mine worker killed in Missouri accident", Danielle Scruggs, Jan. 22, 2015

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