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An Overview of Heat-Related Dangers for Outdoor Kentucky Workers

Synopsis From 1992 through 2017, heat killed 815 workers nationally and injured another 66,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. High temperatures and extreme hot weather can trigger dangerous conditions for workers in outdoor operations, making them sick from exposure and puts them at risk of falling, or mishandling machinery and tools. The U.S. [...]

On-the-Job Dangers To Miners Prevalent in Kentucky

First Kentucky Coal Miner Death for 2019 Reported in Bell County Rhoads & Rhoads is a law firm with a devoted history protecting the rights of Kentucky coal workers and their families. In 1974, Jerry Rhoads started the law firm in Madisonville with the majority of the practice focusing on representing the United Mine Workers’ [...]

By |2019-01-29T16:55:27+00:00January 29th, 2019|Coal Mining, Kentucky News, Safety, Wrongful Death|0 Comments

Kentucky Workplace Fatalities Decrease for the Second Year in a Row

Workplace Fatalities Dropped in 2017 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) report released on December 18, 2018, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities in 2017 than the previous year. A rate that also decreased from 3.6 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017 nationwide. In Kentucky, the rate [...]

Risk of Black Lung Disease Was Known and Ignored By Employers

Investigators & Employers Knew of Coal Miners Risk of Black Lung Disease The multiyear investigation led by NPR and the PBS program Frontline is continuing to release more information about the rise in Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP), an epidemic commonly referred to as black lung disease. The groups continued their reporting on December 18, 2018 stating that [...]

Kentucky Coal Miners & Other Black Lung Victims May Lose Benefits

Kentucky Coal Miners at Risk of Losing Black Lung Benefits The U.S. Government’s Black Lung Disability Trust Fund currently pays medical bills to more than 14,000 coal miners too sick to work when there’s no liable coal company or insurer who can be held responsible. When approved for use, the fund specifically helps those suffering [...]

Kentucky Coal Workers Will Have Harder Time Getting Workers’ Comp Benefits

Black Lung Benefits Take a Hit from State Workers’ Compensation Measure Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), also known as black lung disease, is a complicated fatal disease that has been responsible for the deaths of about 78,000 coal miners since the late 1960s. A new tweak to a Kentucky law has caused an uproar with coal [...]

Kentucky Coal Miners Still at Risk from Bad Employer Practices

First Kentucky Coal Mining Death For 2018 Reported at Panther Mine We are saddened to read reports from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in regard to the state’s first coal mining death of the year and fourth coal mining related death in the United States. It appears to have happened in Harlan County and [...]

Kentucky Coal Mine Falsified Safety-Inspection Record

Workers Who Fail to Perform Safety Checks Put Others at Risk A report of has surfaced stating that a Kentucky coal mine supervisor has been sentenced for violating the Mine Safety and Health Act for falsifying a safety-inspection record. The worker was chief of maintenance and responsible for making a weekly inspection report of heavy [...]

By |2017-12-05T22:30:19+00:00November 28th, 2017|Coal Mining, Kentucky News, Legal News|0 Comments

Welding Fumes May Be Hurting Kentucky Workers in Mines

Kentucky Welders Who Work in Mines May Have High Exposure Risk to Welding Fumes The Mine Safety and Health Administration has created plenty of rules and safety policies for welders who work in mines to know about the exposure risks to the many hazardous substances found in welding fumes. Unfortunately, with many companies, employers are [...]

By |2017-11-22T15:41:14+00:00November 14th, 2017|Coal Mining, workers compensation|0 Comments

New Compliance Initiative Results from Rise in Coal Miner Deaths

Rise in Coal Miner Injuries and Fatalities Contribute to Department of Labor Compliance Initiative Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration launched a compliance assistance initiative to address the number of increased injuries and fatalities among less experienced coal miners. The prompt came after MSHA reviewed data from October 2015 through [...]

By |2017-09-18T22:05:30+00:00September 13th, 2017|Coal Mining, Legal News, Wrongful Death|0 Comments