Electrocution Injury Solicitors - Mining Accident Compensation Claim
Most electrical accidents in the mining industry occur in surface locations, a smaller number occur at underground mines, and around two-thirds relate to the coal sector. Electrical accidents can cause severe injuries such as burns, cardiac disorders, damage to the central nervous system and death.
Our electrocution accident solicitors are experts at handling workers compensation claims involving electric shock and burns. If you have suffered an injury in the course of your employment within the mining sector, you should seek legal advice. Call our legal team today to find out how you can claim compensation under the No Win No Fee scheme.
Examples of electrical accidents in the mining sector include:
- Electrocution from inadvertent contact with overhead powerlines by a dump truck.
- Electric shock from a welder wire feeder.
- Electric shock while using an electric drill in a washplant.
- Electric shock from a deteriorated cable that was wet from process water.
- A laboratory worker received an electric shock when he made contact with the interior lining of a rapid ash oven.
- An arc flash occurred when two electricians were working on the electrical switching mechanism on a coal stacker.
- An arc fault inside a motor cell caused super-heated gases to be vented burning an electrician.
- A coal washplant operator received an electric shock from the stop/start switch of a sump pump.
- A coal prep plant employee received an electric shock when he went to operate a button found to have water inside it.
- Lightning struck a dozer while being withdrawn from an open pit during a storm.
Potential hazards and causes of electrical accidents in the mining sector include:
- Wet work environments.
- Inadequately maintained equipment.
- Faulty equipment.
- Electrical supply / earthing system broken or ineffective.
- Inoperative protection devices.
- Failure to follow site safety procedures.
Types of injuries that can result from electrical faults, electrocution and electric shock include:
- Thermal and flame burns from electrical arcs.
- Ignition of clothing causing direct burns from flames.
- Flash burns.
- Burns which cause deep tissue injuries requiring fasciotomy or amputation.
- Compartment syndrome from burns.
- Cardiac arrhythmia.
- Respiratory arrest.
- Nervous system injuries (amnesia, transient confusion, loss of consciousness, seizure).
- Fracture from blunt trauma.
- Spinal injury.
- Perforated tympanic membranes.
- Eye injury.