The Mine Act
Much of the United States economy is influenced directly or indirectly by the presence of natural resources
including coal and a number of minerals and metals. The relative abundance of these substances has been
a boon to a number of industries. But the miners who retrieve them from the depths of mountains and
subterranean mineshafts face a degree of occupational hazard far greater than that found in other fields.
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act was passed into law in 1977 to create stricter regulations that
would protect these workers from occupational injury, illness, or death and a mechanism for their enforcement.
The Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, are committed to helping injured
miners and their families obtain the benefits that they are due under North Carolina workers’ compensation
law and any other pertinent legislation. Contact us at 919-851-3311 to speak with one of our experienced
attorneys about the specific details of your case.
Requirements of the Mine Act
The Mine Act mandated that the Mine Safety and Health Administration, under the United States Department
of Labor, conduct annual inspections of all the mines in the country to monitor the safety conditions
for workers. The three primary requirements placed upon the mine operators are:
- Accidents and illnesses must be reported immediately
- Implementation of adequate training programs
- Approval must be obtained for the use of some equipment in highly gaseous mines
There are a number of occupational illnesses and injuries that are commonplace for miners, and if you
are struck by any of them then you should file a workers’ compensation claim. Contact the Morehead City
workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at 919-851-3311.