West Virginia is one of the leading coal producing states in the United States. Recent statistics show that in the year 2011, the last year for which data is available, West Virginia ranked second in coal production behind only Wyoming. Complete state-by-state production totals can be found here. While production is good, safety is not. As we commemorate the third year since the tragedy of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, recent statistics show that coal mining continues to be a dangerous occupation. In 2012, West Virginia had the highest number of coal mining deaths in the nation with seven. There were 676 coal mining injuries. While mine collapses and gas explosions receive the most press, the greatest number of the injuries were slip and fall accidents caused by unsafe working conditions. In addition to the injuries, there were 353 reported accidents that did not involve an injury. Mine safety became such a concern that on February 20, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin ordered a one-hour shutdown of all mines for safety reviews. In light of these alarming statistics, it is hoped that mine operators will take every possible precaution to improve mine safety. Yet even if everything possible is done, there will still be some mining accidents. If you have suffered a mining injury, do not suffer any longer. An experienced West Virginia coal mining accident lawyer will help you receive the medical care you require and recover compensation for any lost wages. Please call one of the experienced attorneys at Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC at 304-400-6558 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.