December 6th, is National Coal Miner’s Day. This is the day we officially take the time to recognize the valuable contribution coal miners have made and continue to make to our state and country. December 6th was chosen by the US Senate, thanks to Senator Byrd and others, because it marks the date of the nation’s deadliest coal mining disaster in Monongah, West Virginia back in 1907.
The Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association plans a local event in Fairmont, West Virginia to pay homage to coal mining and coal miners. The inaugural event is called the Coal Mining Appreciation Day Swap
As the slogan goes, coal mining “helps keep the lights on” across the nation and is important to West Virginia’s economy. For hardworking coal miners, however, mining can also be deadly. For example, During the recent government shut down, a veteran miner who had worked underground for over four decades was killed in West Virginia.
Roger King, 62, from Moundsville, WV, became the sixth miner to die in the state this year. He was a dedicated coal miner for the past 44 years and had worked at the McElroy Mine for last 17 years for CONSOL Energy Inc. Roger was a devoted family man, U.S. Army Veteran and active member of his community.
He was one of three miners to die
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for the blessings in our life and celebrate with our loved ones. However, surprisingly, the holiday is also one of the most dangerous on the roads of America.
In a recent story Forbes reported that Thanksgiving tops the list of deadly holidays in the United States. Fortunately, traffic deaths were down last year from a 26 year average according to the Department of Transportation. Below is some information that we hope will make a small difference in continuing this trend so we all can spend Thanksgiving in gratitude instead of grief.
Of course alcohol consumption causes automobile accidents and injuries on Thanksgiving like any other
A recent head-on collision near Barboursville, West Virginia injured seven people earlier this month, some of them seriously. The TV station WSAZ3 reported on how days after the wreck, six of the seven people who were injured along U.S. 60 near Barboursville, WV remained in local hospitals.
The crash occurred on November 4, 2013, just before 6 p.m., about two miles east of the Merritt Creek exit on Route 60. “Barboursville Police say those still in the hospital are in stable condition, but some of them have serious injuries,” reported WSAZ3.
Accident reports stated a Ford Mustang heading east, and a Pontiac traveling west, collided
Coal trucks are a familiar sight on the roads of West Virginia, which is good for the economy when coal truck drivers and companies are obeying the rules of the road. However, when they don’t, they are often the cause of serious accidents and injuries in and around the state’s mining areas.
In the span of less than a week there have been at least two coal truck accidents in West Virginia. Several people were injured in Raleigh County in an accident involving a coal truck and a car on November 1. According to reports on WVVA.com at least three people were taken to
Clinical depression reportedly affects 1 in 10 Americans, and almost everybody experiences grief and sadness at some point in their lives. Furthermore, the incidence of depression is higher in some states, including West Virginia.
As a West Virginia personal injury lawyer, I see first hand that depression can be aggravated or brought on by injuries. There’s also a direct link between some kinds of brain injury and depression. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that a large number of traumatic brain injury patients experience significant episodes of
Halloween is a fun time of year for kids, but the presence of many excited children on dark streets increases the risk of danger and injury.
In a recent study the Centers for Disease Control stated children may be four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than at other times of the year.
Cars are not the only danger kids will face on the streets of West Virginia and elsewhere. They face an array of potential hazards ranging from dangerous dogs, unsafe costumes and contaminated candy.
The good news is parents can help safeguard their children from getting injured at Halloween by following some
Although synthetic drugs often have innocuous sounding names such as spice, bath salts, potpourri and herbal incense, their effects on users is often anything but harmless. They have another thing in common too. Most of them are made in China.
According to the White House, synthetic cannabinoids, which are also known as “synthetic marijuana,” “K2,” or “Spice”, are often sold in many legal retail outlets where they masquerade as “herbal incense” or “potpourri”, while synthetic cathinones are often sold as “bath salts” or “jewelry cleaner”.
Synthetic drugs are labeled “not for human consumption”
For more than 60 train passengers, it was meant to be scenic trip to see the colorful foliage in the remote mountains of West Virginia. For a log truck driver it was a familiar route.
But something went wrong with fatal consequences.
Investigators are now trying to work out why the logging truck crashed into the train at the West Virginia crossing on Friday, killing the truck driver and injuring 23 people on the train.
“At least six of the injured were hospitalized in serious condition after the accident, which came at the height of fall foliage season in the state’s rugged Appalachian region about 160 miles east of Charleston,” reported the Huffington Post.
The dangers of West Virginia’s mining industry are well documented. In recent years miners have paid the price of safety lapses by mining companies with their lives.
Now United Mine Workers officials have raised a concern that the present government shutdown could impact the safety and health of the nation’s coal miners, and make working underground even more hazardous because of the withdrawal of Mine Safety and Health Administration inspectors and employees.
The West Virginia Gazette reported union safety officers are stepping up their efforts at UMW-represented mines during the shutdown, but union spokesman Phil Smith said the mine workers are particularly worried about the shutdown’s potential