Adler Firm, PLLC
Free Consultation - Call 24/7

The collapse and explosion of mines are dangerous for miners

When many Americans think of mining in the U.S., the silver and gold rush of out west come to mind. It is true that much of America’s mining took place in the west, but Michigan experienced its own mining boom too. According to MLive, Michigan’s worst mining disaster took place in 1926. An explosion reportedly caused mud, quicksand and water to flood the underground tunnels that went down to 1,060 feet below.

Only one man survived by climbing 800 feet in less than 15 minutes. He warned other men before climbing the ladder, but all the others got swept away. When he climbed out, he collapsed from exhaustion and suffered leg cramps. The 51 men who died left behind 132 children and 42 wives. Only 10 of the bodies were ever recovered. The mine has since been sealed.

To many, mining disasters may seem like an old occurrence long left behind in history. However, CNN reports that even in 2010, 29 miners died in West Virginia due to an explosion. Just three years prior to this, six miners became trapped in Utah. After three rescue workers died and six others became injured, rescuers called off the search as too dangerous.

In several of the most recent mining deaths, owners of the mines faced wrongful death lawsuit claims. In some instances, managers faced fines and criminal charges for violating health and safety standards in the mines. This provided a sense of closure for the families of the workers who died. However, these reparations can never bring back the ones they love.

Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Thankfully, it has been some time since the country last saw a catastrophic mining event.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Request A Free Consultation

Representing Michigan injured workers since 1979.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Traverse City Office
13561 S West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 301
Traverse City, MI 49684

Toll Free: 888-873-7173
Fax: 231-943-2299
Map & Directions

Farmington Hills Office
30300 Northwestern Highway
Suite 304
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Map & Directions

Adler Firm, PLLC