by , on August 10, 2011

The office of Mine Health Safety and Training reports that the 43 year-old miner came in contact with an energized electrical circuit at the Silver Oak Mine in Boone County. He suffered first, second and third degree burns on his upper body and is in critical but stable condition in a burn unit.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.

This is most likely a tracking arc which ignited clothing. What if most worker clothing could be arc rated or flash fire rated?  Many of the worst workplace injuries and fatalities would be prevented if clothing did not ignite.

Click here to read more about the West Virginia Coal Mine Electrical Incident






Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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