Coal miners face many risks in West Virginia that make them more likely to be injured or killed on-the-job. One of the risks coal miners face is being injured by equipment while working. Many workers are killed every year in West Virginia in coal mining accidents despite the fact that many fatalities are preventable.
Accidents caused by coal mining equipment could be reduced and prevented by using "proximity detection" equipment in coal mines. Proximity detection systems work by automatically turning off mining equipment when it comes to close to workers. The detection system could help prevent accidents that commonly cause serious and fatal injuries to coal mining workers.