Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stepping up Safety Precautions for Coal Miners During Cold Winter Months.

When the weather is cold, the safety risks in coal mining can heat up. To raise awareness of winter coal mining safety risks, and to help protect miners when the temperatures dip down, the MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) has launched its annual Winter Alerts campaign.

Statistics show that coal mine explosions occur most often during the colder months, October through March. Low humidity and low barometric pressures, combined with seasonal drying of many areas in underground coal mines, have been major factors in past mine explosions. Colder weather also brings other potential hazards, such as limited visibility, icy haulage roads and walkways, and the freezing and thawing of highwalls at surface mines, which can make them unstable.

MSHA’s Winter Alert campaign outlines the actions that can prevent serious accidents in coal mines in the colder months: ensuring that snow and ice in travel ways are removed, salt and sand are applied where needed. In underground coal mines, mine operators should make certain that there is adequate ventilation, and should be familiar with emergency procedures that prevent ignitions and explosions.
It’s all part of MSHA’s goal to encourage employers and workers to understand that “Prevention is the Key to a Safe Workplace.”

Coal mining safety is imperative in West Virginia. The Masters Law Firm of Charleston wants you to be aware of the steps that are being taken to protect coal miners in the winter.  Please visit their website at

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vehicles are Slipping and Sliding All Over West Virginia Roads This Time of Year.

Although statistically less people are involved in fatal vehicle accidents in the winter than in the summer this is still a time of year that you or a loved-one may have been involved in an accident on the road.

All told, auto accidents kill more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year; they are the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34.

The simple fact is, getting behind the wheel of a car is the riskiest thing most people do every day, says Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  In West Virginia there are other vehicles such as trucks hauling coal that enter and exit the highways frequently.

Instead, drivers are left to look at how and when fatal accidents occur and try their best to stay off the road at the most dangerous times, as well as make sure they’re focused solely on the road regardless of if they’re driving in dangerous conditions.

Please drive safely this winter and slow down.  This reminder comes from your friends at the Masters Law Firm of Charleston, serving all of West Virginia.