[…] Earlier this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision involving a seaman who filed a claim under the Jones Act (the federal law the protects seaman from injuries on the job) due to breathing problems related to coal-dust exposure.  The facts of the case provide an interesting example of someone who would probably not be a “miner” under the Black Lung Benefits Act but who alleges breathing problems caused by coal dust.  (For other examples previously covered on this blog, recall the workers at the Indiana coal slag processing plant, or the neighbor of the Kentucky coal processing plant.) […]