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Fatalities to Date for 2011: 21 Last Updated: 12/7/2011

Fatality #1 - January 27, 2011
Powered Haulage - Underground - West Virginia
Baylor Mining Inc. - Jims Branch No 3B

Fatality #2 - February 03, 2011
On March 25, 2011, MSHA Solicitors made a determination that a fatality which occurred on February 03, 2011,
(Listed as Coal #2 - Consol Energy Inc. - McElroy Mine - Cameron, WV)
is not under MSHA jurisdiction, and therefore, not chargeable to the mining industry.

Fatality #3 - February 11, 2011
Powered Haulage - Surface - Arizona
Peabody Western Coal Company - Kayenta Mine

Fatality #4 - March 25, 2011
Machinery - Underground - Kentucky
Matrix Energy LLC - No. 1

Fatality #5 - May 14, 2011
Machinery - Surface - West Virginia
Apogee Coal Company LLC - Guyan

Fatality #6 - June 6, 2011
Based on MSHA’s investigation and the finding of the death certificate, MSHA concluded that the miner died from natural causes and that the fatality should be de-listed and not charged to the mining industry. The death certificate indicated that the death was natural and was due to a cardiac arrhythmia due to a myocardial infarction which in turn was due to coronary artery atherosclerosis.”

Fatality #7 - June 9, 2011
Slip/Fall of Person - Surface at Underground - Colorado
Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C. - West Elk Mine

Fatality #8 - June 27, 2011
Fall of Face/Rib - Underground - West Virginia
Rhino Eastern LLC - Eagle #1

Fatality #9 - June 29, 2011
Fall of Face/Rib - Underground - Kentucky
Manalapan Mining Co., Inc. - P-1

Fatality #10 - July 11, 2011
Powered Haulage - Underground - Kentucky
Martin County Coal - Voyager #7

Fatality #11 - July 21, 2011
Powered Haulage - Surface - New Mexico
BHP Navajo Coal Company - Navajo Mine

Fatality #12 - July 27, 2011
Electrical - Facility - West Virginia
Superior Processing, Inc. - Superior Cleaning Plant

Fatality #13 - August 8, 2011
Machinery - Underground - Ohio
American Energy Corporation - Century Mine

Fatality #14 - August 15, 2011
Fall of Roof or Back - Underground - West Virginia
Mingo Logan Coal Company - Mountaineer II Mine

Fatality #15 - September 1, 2011
Machinery - Surface - Wyoming
Peabody Powder River Mining LLC - North Antelope Rochelle Mine

Fatality #16 - October 7, 2011
Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material - Underground - Kentucky
Owlco Energy LLC - Mine No. 1

Fatality #17 - October 17, 2011
Machinery - Surface of Underground Mine - West Virginia
Consolidation Coal Company - Shoemaker Mine

Fatality #18 & #19 - October 28, 2011
Fall of Face/Rib/Highwall - Surface - Kentucky
Armstrong Coal Company Inc - Equality

Fatality #20 - November 7, 2011
Powered Haulage - Underground Mine - Kentucky
Hubble Mining Company LLC - Mine No 9

Fatality #21 - November 2, 2011
(Victim Died November 14, 2011)
Machinery - Surface Mine - Kentucky
Nally & Hamilton Enterprises Inc - Mill Branch

Fatality #22 - December 3, 2011
(Victim Died December 6, 2011)
Machinery - Surface Mine - Ohio
Oxford Mining Co LLC - Oxford Mining #3

Fatality #23 - December 7, 2011
Fall of Highwall - Surface Mine - Virginia
Fairbanks Coal Company Inc - Fairbanks No 4

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