***Mine operators are required by law to report all mining accidents immediately – within 15 minutes of when the operator knew or should have known about the accident.***
To report an accident or a hazardous condition, call 1-800-746-1553.
MSHA’s toll-free emergency line is staffed 24 hours a day. Call this number to immediately report a mining accident or a hazardous condition at a mine, an impoundment, or an abandoned mine.
Hazardous conditions may be reported anonymously by calling the above number or online through MSHA’s Hazardous Condition Complaint system.
En español: Reportar una condición peligrosa en una mina.
See how MSHA defines an accident below:
- A death of an individual at a mine;
- An injury to an individual at a mine which has a reasonable potential to cause death;
- An entrapment of an individual for more than thirty minutes or which has a reasonable potential to cause death;
- An unplanned inundation of a mine by a liquid or gas;
- An unplanned ignition or explosion of gas or dust;
- In underground mines, an unplanned fire not extinguished within 10 minutes of discovery; in surface mines and surface areas of underground mines, an unplanned fire not extinguished within 30 minutes of discovery;
- An unplanned ignition or explosion of a blasting agent or an explosive;
- An unplanned roof fall at or above the anchorage zone in active workings where roof bolts are in use; or, an unplanned roof or rib fall in active workings that impairs ventilation or impedes passage;
- A coal or rock outburst that causes withdrawal of miners or which disrupts regular mining activity for more than one hour;
- An unstable condition at an impoundment, refuse pile, or culm bank which requires emergency action in order to prevent failure, or which causes individuals to evacuate an area; or, failure of an impoundment, refuse pile, or culm bank;
- Damage to hoisting equipment in a shaft or slope which endangers an individual or which interferes with use of the equipment for more than thirty minutes; and
- An event at a mine which causes death or bodily injury to an individual not at the mine at the time the event occurs.
You do not need to identify yourself when reporting a hazardous condition!
Miners, their representatives, and members of the general public may call the MSHA emergency line to report a hazardous condition at a mine, an impoundment, or an abandoned mine. Please provide as much information as possible, including the name of the mine and the mine operator, and its location. A hazardous condition may also be reported online.