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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: California
Mine Controller: James M Syar
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Stone NEC
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Alabama
Mine Controller: Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Texas
Mine Controller: Mary Conners
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Electrical
Location: West Virginia
Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Kentucky
Mine Controller: Debbie F Ahart
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Iowa
Mine Controller: Lloyd B Pattison
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Sand, Industrial NEC
Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Virginia
Mine Controller: Cumberland Resources Corporation
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Nevada
Mine Controller: Barrick Gold Corp
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Gold Ore
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: Rosebud Mining Company
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: West Virginia
Mine Controller: Appalachian Fuels Inc.
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Kentucky
Mine Controller: Alliance Coal, LLC
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Determined to be Chargeable 11/24/2008
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Texas
Mine Controller: Suzanne Arnold; John Schuler
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
Chargeback Date: 5/6/2009
Accident Classification: Other

(Determined Chargeable 05/06/2009)

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Illinois
Mine Controller: Georgia A Pavin
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: AMFIRE LLC / Alpha Natural Resources
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Electrical
Location: Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Alabama
Mine Controller: Reed Minerals Inc.
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Nevada
Mine Controller: Barrick Gold Corp
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Gold Ore
Accident Classification: Handling Material
Location: Missouri
Mine Controller: Tom Hillman; Paul Melnuk
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Lime
Accident Classification: Other
Location: Kansas
Mine Controller: Lenora R Stone; James N Stone Jr
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: California
Mine Controller: Taiheiyo Cement Corp
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Cement
Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Texas
Mine Controller: Energy Future Holdings Corporation
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Lignite)
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