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Wisconsin legislature to help prevent work injury in mining

Mine drilling can be considered a dangerous profession especially when employees rely on the safety of their workplace to perform their duties. When a work injury occurs at a drilling or testing site for a mine, the damages can be serious or even fatal. In response to recent complaints, a state Senator felt it necessary to support Wisconsin legislature to help prevent work injury in mining.

The highlighting factor in the need for workplace safety changes came when workers at a Wisconsin drilling site were purportedly attacked by a vicious group as they performed their duties. A portion of the aggressors made threats to return again and with more force. The report did not outline the reasoning or meaning behind the attack, only that is was allegedly meant to threaten them in some way. When an employee feels threatened or fearful in performing their occupation or seeking a safe environment to work in, then legal action may be a response they consider.

It was further reported that a road primarily used by employees to come and go from the testing sites had been barricaded with temporary road blocks to prohibit emergency vehicles from accessing the area. There was also a report of a bridge having been allegedly tampered with so it would become extremely dangerous under the pressure of a vehicle crossing over. The inability for first responders and safety vehicles to reach a mining site has the potential to severely risk the lives of employees and should a work accident occur, claim liability for injuries.

A state senator has stated that these allegations are taken very seriously, and a bill was offered to address these types of workplace situations. The purpose of the Wisconsin legislature's efforts to help prevent work injury in mining is to ultimately provide a safe workplace in mines for all employees. Politicians agree that the situation that instigated this change should be avoided so a more serious work accident does not occur in the future.

Source:, Senator's view: A safe workplace is not unreasonable, No author, Sept. 25, 2013

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