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Miner safety measures helping workers in South Carolina

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 28 miners passed away in mining accidents in 2015. That is lowest figure since the agency was established and a decline from 45 in 2014. Of those who died, 11 were killed in metal and nonmetal mines while 17 occurred in coal mines. The numbers do not include those in the gas and oil industry as those industries are regulated by OSHA.

Traditionally, mining has been one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. A representative from the agency says that the reduction was a combination of mine closures as well as work safety measures undertaken by the mining industry. Some of those measures include better oversight as well as better training for employers and workers. Special impact inspections and increased management of mines with repeat violations have also helped.

One such special inspection took place in 2010 at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia where 29 workers died after an explosion. As a result, the company's CEO was found to be in violation of several safety regulations, and he could spend up to a year in prison. The MSHA has been in existence since 1978, and the death rate among miners has fallen gradually from 242 in its first year.

People who have been injured on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits that may help pay medical and other expenses. An attorney may be able to review a case on behalf of an injured worker to determine what type of benefits he or she may be entitled to. While generally offered on a temporary basis, permanent benefits may be extended to those who are unable to return to work.

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