Why not allow contracts to sell oneself into legal slavery, then?To get back to your idea - miners in most countries are already paid much better than many other groups of workers. That's the compensation for the risk. You want to move the risk to owners - if you don't want to go bankrupt to save your workers, don't go into mining. r.
We have ample documentation for the early middle ages, for example, of family fathers selling themselves into slavery in order to provide a more secure footing for themselves and their children..
Or, another variey:
Why shouldn't it be the consumer of the lawyer product who should bear the consequences of the bad pseudo-lawyer he chose as his defence?