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2003
Fatalgrams and Fatal Investigation Reports
Coal Mines


Fatalities to Date for 2003: 30 Last Updated: 12/30/2004

Please Note: Fatality #29 - A recent Administrative Law Judge decision concluded that the site of the fatality was abandoned and therefore not subject to MSHA jurisdiction.
 
We have begun adding "Fatality Overviews" to some of the 2003 Coal Fatal Accident Investigation Reports. If a report has an overview, the button to that report will indicate so. These reports are offered in Microsoft's PowerPoint ® or PDF. You will need Adobe's PDF Reader. If you need more information on this, see this page.

"Fatality Overviews", slide shows regarding fatal accidents, are another part of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's program to share information with the mining community. We encourage you to share these presentations with your supervisors and miners to assist your efforts to prevent similar accidents.

Fatality #9 - January 21, 2003
(Chargeback due to receipt of Medical Examiner's report)
Fatal Alert Bulletin Electrical - Underground - Virginia
Dorchester Enterprises - Mine No. 4

Fatal Investigation Report

Fatalities #1 - #3 - January 22, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Explosion - Underground - West Virginia
McElroy Coal Co. - McElroy Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #4 - January 30, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Underground - Kentucky
AEP Kentucky Coal, L.L.C. - Mine #10
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #5 - February 15, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Fall of Face, Rib, Pillar or Highwall - Underground - Illinois
Wabash Mine Holding Company - Wabash Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #6 - February 20, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Slip/Fall of Person - Surface - Wyoming
Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC - Black Thunder Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #7 - March 17, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Surface - Kentucky
Star Fire Mining - Star Fire Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #8 - April 4, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Surface - Kentucky
Perry County Coal Company - Prep Plant
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #10 - April 9, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Surface - Illinois
Midwest Auger Co. - Cottage Grove Auger Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #13 - April 10, 2003
(Chargeback -- accident occurred 03/23/2003)
Fatal Alert Bulletin Electrical - Underground - West Virginia
Energy Plus, Inc. - No. 50 Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #11 - April 15, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Underground - Illinois
United Coal Mining Company - Crown III Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #12 - April 27, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust - Surface - West Virginia
COSI Synfuels WV#1 Inc. - PC West Virginia Synthetic Fuel #1 LLC
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #14 - June 9, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Surface - Kentucky
Calvary Coal Co. - No. 4 Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #15 - June 13, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Explosives and Breaking Agents - Underground - Kentucky
Cody Mining Company, Inc. - #1
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #16 - June 13, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Electrical - Surface - Pennsylvania
Mountain Spring Coal Co. - #1
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #17 - June 20, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Underground - Kentucky
Bledsoe Coal Corp.'s - Beechfork Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #18 - June 23, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Surface - Indiana
Solar Sources, Inc. - Craney Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #19 - June 26, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Surface - Alabama
Uptown Motors Inc. - Guthrie Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #20 - July 2, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Underground - Kentucky
Highland Mining Company - Highland Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #21 - July 19, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Electrical - Underground - West Virginia
Performance Coal Company - Upper Big Branch Mine South
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #22 - August 20, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Roof Fall - Underground - Kentucky
Warrior Coal, LLC. - Cardinal Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #23 - September 5, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Exploding Vessels Under Pressure - Surface - Virginia
Twin Star Mining, Inc. - No. 2 Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #24 - September 9, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Surface - Wyoming
RAG Coal West Inc. - Belle Ayr Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #30 - September 9, 2003
(Chargeback)
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Surface - Kentucky
T & W Enterprises, LLC - No. 1
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #25 & 26 - September 17, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Powered Haulage - Surface - West Virginia
Independence Coal Co., Inc. dba Progress Coal Company
Twilight Mtn. Surface Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #27 - October 22, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Underground - Virginia
Paramont Coal Company Virginia, LLC
Vicc No 7 Mine
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #28 - October 24, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Fall of Roof or Back - Underground - West Virginia
Roblee Coal Company
Hacker's Creek Mine No. 1
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #31 - November 10, 2003
Fatal Alert Bulletin Machinery - Surface - Kentucky
Knott Floyd Land Company - No. 17
Fatal Investigation Report

Fatality #29 - November 14, 2003
A recent Administrative Law Judge decision concluded that the site of the fatality was abandoned and therefore not subject to MSHA jurisdiction. (12/30/2004)