Been injured mining? Make a compensation claim with us
When it comes to dangerous workplaces, mines are right up there with Dickensian workhouses. They are dark, dingy, dusty and claustrophobic by nature and a great many miners have met their end as a result of accidents at work; accidents today that would see a great many compensation claims being made.
The mining industry was prolific throughout the UK in the last century but now just 137 sites remain, including 26 licensed underground coal mines and 31 opencast coal sites. There are far less compensation claims made by people harmed in coal mines in the UK and seeing as the majority of mines exist in developing countries such as China, claims for personal injury compensation after mining work accidents are far and few between.
There are a variety of work injuries that those employed to work in mines may encounter:
Pneumoconiosis - fibrosis and scarring to the lungs caused by long-term ingestion of dust
Emphysema - a chronic disease to the lungs where the airs sacks are enlarged and damaged
Musculoskeletal disorders - personal injury to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, cartilage in the hands, arms, wrists, shoulders, neck or legs
Burn injuries - explosions and fires could cause significant burns
Head injuries - roofs collapsing and explosions could lead to open or closed head injuries
Noise-induced hearing loss - working in an enclosed echoey space where loud tools and machinery are used to mine
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome - a disorder to the upper limbs resulting from exposure to vibrating tools
Vibration White Finger - restriction of blood flow to the fingers which makes them eventually turn white caused in the same way as HAVS
The Health and Safety Executive works alongside the employers, employees, trade associations, trade unions and other bodies associated with the mining industry to progress health and safety initiatives in order to reduce the number of work accidents, decrease the incidence of ill health and number of working days lost as a result of accidents at work and diminish the number of compensation claims accordingly.
Specific targets for the mining industry have included:
- Reducing the annual number of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome reports between 2001/2 and 2004/5 by 10%
- Investigation of all dust notifications under the current regulations as well as implementation of imminent new inhalable dust regulations
- Better control of risks from manual handling operations including investigation of selected manual handling operations and work injuries caused as a result
Make a no win no fee compensation claim following an accident at work
Have you sustained personal injury in a work accident? Was your employer responsible for your accident? You could be in a position to make a cost-free compensation claim.
The Claim Solicitors are the experts when it comes to personal injury compensation claims and we have helped many people to gain the compensation that they deserve under the no win no fee agreement.
Our personal injury solicitors are fully adept when it comes to work accident claims and our excellent claims success rate speaks for itself.
Make a claim for pain and suffering, lost earnings, medical expenses and the cost of ongoing care through us and it won't cost you anything at any time. We offer a completely cost-free compensation claim process.
For free legal advice from our expert claim advisors you can use e-chat or leave us a call back request and we will get back to you at whatever time of the day or night you say is best for you. Alternatively, fill out an online claim form and get the claims process rolling today or give us a call on 0800 197 32 32 and talk to an advisor about making an accident at work compensation claim.