On-the-job accidents can happen in any industry or any profession in Alabama. Some can be relatively minor and others can result in damage that leads to permanent disability. A work-related injury, whether due to an accident or environmental nature at a jobsite, requires prompt attention and can sometimes be the subject of a workers' compensation claim, allowing the injured employee to recoup lost wages or out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Oil and gas, transportation, construction and mining are some industries that are known to have higher risks of a workplace injury accident. Six coal miners in Alabama were recently involved in such a situation when they had to be pulled from the mine and taken to local hospitals for treatment after an accident. The men were working in the Oak Grove Mine and were injured in an afternoon "man-cart" transportation accident at the mine's North Portal.
The cart was transporting the six men and collided with something, causing the accident. A news report detailing the incident did not indicate what the cart hit. Five of the men were taken to a hospital via ambulances while the sixth man was airlifted to the hospital. Details of their injuries were not available nor did the article indicate if they were admitted or have been released but none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Accidents such as this may result in workers' compensation benefits being provided to the miners. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, it can be helpful to discuss with your employee as well as with an attorney the process for filing a workers' compensation claim.
Source: Alabama13.com, "Alabama coal miners injured in accident at Oak Grove mine Friday," Shannon Delcambre, October 18, 2013