Two fatal workplace accidents that occurred last year recently became an occasion for citations to be issued for violations of safety rules. The citations were issued by the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training against two companies responsible for the accidents. One of the accidents occurred in Marshall County, while the other occurred in Raleigh County only days later.
According to the agency, a total of eight citations were issued in connection with the Marshall County accident, which included allegations of failure to use protective equipment and other unsafe work practices. For the Raleigh County accident, a total of six citations were issued, which included allegations that the mining company failed to ensure a vehicle was properly maintained. As unfortunate as these accidents are, the circumstances which gave rise to them are all too common in the mining industry.