The Federal government’s Department of Labor (DOL) has published a release stating that the number of “mining fatalities in the United States significantly increased in 2010, following a year marked by the fewest deaths in mining history.” Of particular note in the report was the 29 deaths in Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine near Montcoal, West Virginia last April. The DOL stated that its Mine and Safety Health Administration had performed 200 impact inspections during last eight months of 2010 and promised to remain committed to enforcing the Mine Act and Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to ensure the safety of miners nationwide in 2011.
The Wolfe Law Firm would like to express our deepest condolences to all those affected in both the Upper Big Branch disaster and in mining accidents across the country. Mining is an extremely dangerous job, but it is an occupation of many citizens in our state, and the toll taken on the families that survive those fatally injured in accidents is massive. Nothing can ever make up for such a loss, but a West Virginia mining accident lawyer can help. An attorney can evaluate any workplace injury or wrongful death claim and provide advice regarding your legal rights to help guide you through this difficult time.