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6 Workers Burned in Coal Mine Accident

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Jasjit Mundh3 years ago

Six workers at a coal mine in Thermo suffered burns on Wednesday when they were struck by falling debris.

About the Coal Mine Accident

According to KVUE News, the workers were near an out-of-service lignite storage silo when hot ash and burning embers fell on them.

The mine owner, Luminant, says the workers experienced burns to their hands and legs. They were treated at the scene and then taken to a hospital in Sulphur Springs.

One employee was released, but the rest were transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital. The incident has been reported to federal safety officials.

Coal Mine Accident Statistics

The United States Department of Labor states:

  • In 2013, there were 20 deaths in the coal mining industry.
  • 3,461 workers were injured in 2012 while coal mining.  
  • In 2012, there were over 258,967 workdays lost due to fatal and non-fatal injuries in the coal mining industry.  


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