Posted On: April 9, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

4 Miners Still Unaccounted for in Mining Blast that Killed at Least 25

Dangerous conditions continue to prevent rescue crews from finding four missing miners at the Upper Big Branch coal mine. At least 25 miners were killed in what is being called the worst US mine disaster in the last 25 years. The explosion occurred on Monday.

Relatives of those missing have been praying that the miners were able to get to a refuge chamber. However, if the chamber was not activated then the chance that any remaining workers’ survived is slim.

The source of the explosion has not been discovered, but combustible methane gas buildup is often the cause of mine blasts. President Barack Obama has asked federal investigators to issue an initial assessment of what caused the blast.

According to federal officials, Massey Energy, the mine’s operator, received two citations for safety on the day of the mining explosion. Mine Safety and Health Administration records show that one citation was for not properly sealing and insulating spliced cable electricals. The second citation was for not updating maps of aboveground escape routes.

Illinois Mining Accidents

If you were injured in an Illinois mining accident or if your loved one was killed during an explosion or another type of work accident, it is important that you submit your Illinois workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible.

You may be entitled to more than you know. This is where an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can step in. You cannot sue your employer for Illinois personal injury. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, you are choosing to avail of benefits that you are entitled to under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Emotional Obama prays for mine blast victims, AFP, April 9, 2010

West Virginia Mine Rescue Resumes, Fire Threat Eases, BusinessWeek/Bloomberg, April 9, 2010

West Virginia coal mine still too toxic for rescue mission, The Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Massey Energy Company

Mine Safety and Health Administration

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