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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: Oldham County, Texas
Mine Controller: Rogers Group Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Other
Location: Eureka County, NV
Mine Controller: Rob McEwen
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Gold Ore
Rescission Date:  June 26, 2019

The Acting Chair of MSHA’s Chargeability Review Committee reviewed the death certificate, autopsy report, and MSHA's accident investigation findings and determined that the miner died from natural causes.  The  fatality is not chargeable to the mining industry.
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Oglethorpe County, GA
Mine Controller: Robert E Paul
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Dimension Granite
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Comal County, TX
Mine Controller: Cemex S A
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Mine Controller: White Forest Resources Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Grant County, NM
Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Bell County, KY
Mine Controller: Jack Stump; Micheal Runyon
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Hamilton County, IL
Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Centralia, Lewis County, WA
Mine Controller: Trans Alta Corp
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Somerset County, PA
Mine Controller: AK Steel Holding Corporation
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Walker County, AL
Mine Controller: Freddy Hunt; Michael T Costello
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Gilberton, Schuylkill County, PA
Mine Controller: John W Rich Jr
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Coal (Anthracite)
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Eureka County, NV
Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Gold Ore
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Mackinac County, MI
Mine Controller: Carmeuse Holding SA
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Elko County, NV
Mine Controller: Keith Jones
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Gold Ore
Accident Classification: Other
Location: Grant County, NM
Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Flathead County, MT
Mine Controller: Brad Mercord; Bill Carter
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Greenbrier County, WV
Mine Controller: Frederick J Taylor
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
Location: Culpeper County, VA
Mine Controller: Antonio C Ramos
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Dimension Granite
Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
Location: St Lawrence Count, NY
Mine Controller: Augusta Group Company
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Lead-Zinc Ore
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Jefferson County, PA
Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Fire
Location: Sullivan County, IN
Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Berks County, Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: John B Haines IV; John R Kibblehouse
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Traprock
Accident Classification: Other
Location: No Information
Mine Controller: No Information
MSHA has determined that it does not have jurisdiction on the public road where the previously posted Fatality #8 accident occurred. Accordingly, MSHA has delisted Fatality #8 as chargeable to the mining industry.
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Wells County, North Dakota
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Sand & Gravel
Accident Classification: Non-Powered Haulage
Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Mine Controller: Insight Equity
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Hoisting
Location: Grant, New Mexico
Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Navarro County, TX
Mine Controller: Kay King
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Randolph County, WV
Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
Location: Shelby County, AL
Mine Controller: Lhoist Group
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Lime