It is well known that mining can be a dangerous occupation. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) exists to enforce safety regulations intended to safeguard a miner's well-being in California. Even with such safeguards in place, workplace accidents may still occur.
In a recent mining accident, a miner suffered a serious head injury when a piece of equipment slipped and fell. The object struck the miner, causing him to fall 7.5 feet. His head injury resulted from the fall, not the falling object, and had a handrail been in place at the time, it may have prevented his fall in the first place.