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Coal miner killed in workplace accident

A man was involved in a recent mining accident that claimed his life. The 20-year-old Marion man was in an M-Class Mine in Macedonia, and the accident occurred on a recent Tuesday night in December. In Illinois, when workers are killed due to their involvement in a workplace accident, their dependents are typically entitled to submit a claim for workers' compensation death benefits.

The details of the accident remain unclear. The Franklin County Coroner received news of the incident around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Chief Deputy Coroner responded and arrived at the mine in order to await the removal of the accident victim, who was finally removed from the mine around 11:30 p.m. and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Details of the accident are currently being investigated by both the Mine Safety and Health Administration as well as the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals. The mine, which is owned by an energy company based in St. Louis, said that production was halted and that safety procedures would be reviewed and reinforced in order to ensure that safety remains a forefront priority in all of its operations. According to the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals website, this was not the first accident at the mine.

In Illinois, when workers are involved in a fatal workplace accident, their dependents are typically entitled to file a workers' compensation claim for death/survivor benefits. Successfully filed, this benefit results in payments to the decedent's dependents and offers an allotment for end-of life expenses. The benefit is two-thirds of the employee's gross average weekly wage during the 52 weeks before the injury occurred, and the burial benefit in Illinois is $8,000 for injuries that resulted in a worker's death that occurred after February 1, 2006. Surviving dependents typically choose to consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist them with the process of submitting a claim.

Source: bentoneveningnew.com, "Coal mine accident in county claims life", Dec. 9, 2015

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