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Raging fire at coal mine injured workers

Colorado employees of all kinds are dedicated workers who take great pride in what they do. They trust that their employers will use every means at their disposal to maintain a safe work environment. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and often result in injury or even fatality. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently examining the circumstances surrounding an out-of-state coal mine fire that injured workers in order to determine whether the company is responsible.

Officials say that employees were working on a currently inactive mine site, preparing for activity to resume. A fire broke out in a silo, and several employees attempted to put it out. As they battled the flames, fiery debris fell on them, burning them very seriously. Enough ash fell from the fire that five workers had to dig themselves out of it before receiving medical treatment.

One worker had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, and four were transported by ambulance. All of them suffered second-degree burns on their limbs, but are currently recovering, listed in stable condition. OSHA is investigating the incident to determine whether the company did anything -- or failed to do anything -- that might have caused the accident.

When workers are hurt in an accident and require hospitalization, it is standard procedure for OSHA to step in and examine the event. These injured workers may need to file for workers' compensation, which they have every right to do. A workman's comp claim in Colorado could be used to cover lost wages, pay medical bills or cover other expenses when an employee is hurt on the job.

Source:, "5 injured workers from E. Texas coal mine accident still hospitalized", , Aug. 13, 2014

Source:, "5 injured workers from E. Texas coal mine accident still hospitalized", , Aug. 13, 2014

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