On Monday, June 24, a coal mine in Kittanning partially collapsed, injuring two miners who were working in the affected tunnel. Shortly after 6:00 p.m., the two injured miners were brought out of the Tracy Lynne mine, which is approximately 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. It had taken rescue workers about one hour from the start of their rescue efforts to successfully bring the two men back up to the surface.
A rock section fell from the ceiling of the coal mine’s interior, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. When it fell, the two miners incurred non-life-threatening injuries. There were no other reports of injuries in the incident. The two injured miners were taken to the hospital where one was diagnosed with a possible knee injury.
The Rosebud Mining Company, which is also located in Kittanning, is the current operator of the Tracy Lynne mine. It has been reported that mine officials on both the federal and state levels are currently investigating the Tracy Lynne mine collapse. Causes of mine collapses can range from gas leaks to seismic activity.
When employees suffer a work-related injury, no matter the type of workplace environment, they could be entitled to financial compensation to help with medical bills, loss of work, and pain and suffering. If an injured worker is having trouble with collecting this compensation, enlisting the aid of an attorney with experience in worker’s compensation claims could be beneficial. The attorney could work with the insurance company and aid in seeking adequate compensation.
Source: WTRF, “2 injured in W. Pa. mine collapse”, June 24, 2013