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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: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Jefferson, Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Buffalo, Nebraska
Mine Controller: Aaron D. Broadfoot; Austin L. Broadfoot
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Hidalgo, Texas
Mine Controller: Edwin E Forshage III
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Stone NEC
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: St Louis, Missouri
Mine Controller: David J Bangert
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Sand Common
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Fulton, Illinois
Mine Controller: Dave Clinard
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Clark, Nevada
Mine Controller: Summit Materials LLC
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Sand industrial NEC
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Knox, Tennessee
Mine Controller: Nyrstar NV
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Zinc
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Washington, Missouri
Mine Controller: Kelley C Silvey
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Logan, West Virginia
Mine Controller: Alpha Metallurgical Resources Inc
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

Chargeback Information:
On January 22, 2021, a miner was injured in a powered haulage accident at Aracoma Coal Company, Davy Branch Mine. The miner died on February 21, 2021. Because of the circumstances surrounding the accident, MSHA referred the accident to the Agency’s Chargeability Review Committee (Committee). On May 11, 2021, the Committee determined that the death should be chargeable to the mining industry. 

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Salt Lake, Utah
Mine Controller: CCI (Clyde Companies Inc)
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Northeast Arctic, Alaska
Mine Controller: Tech Resources Limited
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Lead-Zinc Ore
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Pike, Kentucky
Mine Controller: Jerry Keith Mc Peek; Eric Mc Peek
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Sandstone
Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Iberia, Louisiana
Mine Controller: Cargill Inc
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Salt
Accident Classification: Electrical
Location: Harris, TX
Mine Controller: New Park Resources Inc.
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Barite Barium Ore
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Kanawha, WV
Mine Controller: Sev.en Energy AG
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Nye , Nevada
Mine Controller: Kinross Gold Corp
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Gold Ore
Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Dauphin, Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: Scott B Kimmel
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Anthracite)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Larimer, Colorado
Mine Controller: Rick Virgil
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Dimension Sandstone
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Richland, South Carolina
Mine Controller: Vulcan Materials Company
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Granite
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Hopkins, Kentucky
Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Bell, Kentucky
Mine Controller: Douglas S Warriner; Michael A Blubaugh
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Burlington, NJ
Mine Controller: William Clayton
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Bexar, Texas
Mine Controller: Ruben Garza; Ceasar F Saenz
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Sand industrials NEC
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Cowlitz, Washington
Mine Controller: Chilton Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Sand & Gravel
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Pocahontas, IOWA
Mine Controller: Martin Marietta Materials Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Riverside, California
Mine Controller: Robar Enterprises Inc
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Wright, Missouri
Mine Controller: James S. Peterson
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Murray, Georgia
Mine Controller: Carmeuse Holding SA
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
Accident Classification: Electrical
Location: Peach, Georgia
Mine Controller: Curt B Jamison
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Sand Common
Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
Location: Chase, KANSAS
Mine Controller: Warren W Harshman
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC