Mining companies in Minnesota and throughout the nation are required to take steps to keep their workers safe. For instance, workers must have access to safety equipment that meets Mine Health and Safety standards. Examples of protective equipment include gas detection devices and fire suppression tools. It is also important that employees are trained to use these tools correctly and that they are trained to locate the nearest exit if a fire occurs.
Ventilation systems should be used at all times when employees are working in a mine. Modern technology makes it possible for the system to detect where clean air is needed the most. This increases the likelihood that air will be sent where workers or equipment is located instead of empty portions of the mine. Air curtains can help to trap or contain any toxic air that a worker would otherwise be vulnerable to inhaling.
Those who operate mines should inspect and maintain their equipment at all times. This may help to contain the spread of dust or other toxins that can be created when conveyor belts are running. Workers could also be at risk of falling or getting hurt when equipment breaks or otherwise malfunctions. The use of heavy machinery in a mine might also send dust and other chemicals into the air that a worker breathes.
Those who are hurt at work may not be able to return to work for a period of weeks or months; they may not be able to return to work at all. However, the workers’ compensation system allows sick or injured employees to obtain some of their lost wages. This may make it easier to pay bills or otherwise retain a sense of financial security after being involved in a workplace accident. A workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to help a worker recover all the benefits they are eligible for.