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Falling debris injures 6 at a Texas coal mine

An Aug. 14 coal mine accident in Thermo, Texas, caused six workers to suffer burns from falling debris. The mine was idle at the time of the accident. It was in the process of being reactivated to commence operations in the fall after being inactive for several months.

The employees were burned by hot debris while working near a lignite storage silo that was out of commission. They suffered from burns on their hands and legs. The chief of the Hopkins County Fire Department said that the workers were scorched as hot ash and embers descended on them.

The owner of the coal mine said that all six employees were taken to the hospital. Five of them were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and were reported to be in stable condition. The other worker, who was taken to a hospital in Sulphur Springs, was treated and later released. Federal safety officials have been notified about the incident.

An employee that suffers a workplace injury may be able to benefit from the protection of workers' compensation laws. These laws are in place for workers that have been disabled or injured on the job. Monetary compensation may be awarded to an injured victim, and the dependents of a deceased worker may also be able to receive benefits under the framework of workers' compensation laws. In the case of an injured worker, it is possible for legal counsel to help educate the individual on his or her rights. The worker may also feel overwhelmed with the proceedings involved in seeking the benefits that he or she may deserve. The advice of an attorney may be advantageous for maximizing the amount of benefits that the employee might be able to receive.

Source: KWTX, "Accident At Texas Coal Mine Leaves 6 Workers Injured", August 14, 2014

Source: KWTX, "Accident At Texas Coal Mine Leaves 6 Workers Injured", August 14, 2014

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