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Fatality Reports

MSHA investigates each mining fatality and prepares the following documents to alert the mining community and prevent similar occurrences.

  • Fatality Alert - describes the accident and lists best practices that may have prevented it
  • Preliminary Report - initial report with brief description
  • Final Report - investigative findings, including root causes and enforcement actions

Some deaths on mining property are determined to be unrelated to mining activity and are not included in MSHA’s fatality statistics - See recent “non-chargeable” fatalities:
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Kentucky
Mine Controller: Arch Coal, Inc.
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Non-Powered Haulage
Location: North Carolina
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Hand Tools
Location: Virginia
Mine Controller: John Gudelsky
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Traprock
Chargeback Date: 10/26/2007
Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Washington
Mine Controller: Teck Resources Limited
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Zinc
Accident Classification: Other
Location: Texas
Mine Controller: Alcoa Inc
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Alumina