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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
(**Please be advised, when searching by Mined Material, a particular material might be listed more than once**)

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: Other
    Location: Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Inc, Morenci, Arizona
    Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Unregistered Mine, Murry, Idaho
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Star Bridge Preparation Plant-Rail Load , Mill Creek, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Bridgeport Stone Plant, Wise, Texas
    Mine Controller: Martin Marietta Materials Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Inundation
    Location: Gentry Mine #3, Emery, Utah
    Mine Controller: Patrick Peterson
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Boyd/Echols Mill North, Elbert, Georgia
    Mine Controller: David W Dye; Randy K Smith
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Hercules Cement LP, Northmpton Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Buzzi Unicem S P A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Black Thunder, Campbell, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Arch Resources Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Immel Mine, Knox, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Nyrstar NV
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Zinc
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Stillwater Mine, Stillwater, Montana
    Mine Controller: Sibanye Stillwater Linited
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Platinum Group Ore
  • Accident Classification: Handling Material
    Location: Plant #10, Crosby, Texas
    Mine Controller: Brian T Etchison; Ralph E Janes IV
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Horse Creek Eagle, Raleigh, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Metallurgical Resources Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Marion County Mine, Marion, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: ACNR Holdings Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Young Mine, Jefferson, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Nyrstar Nevada
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Zinc
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Kocjancic, Jefferson, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Broadfoot Pit #2, Buffalo, Nebraska
    Mine Controller: Aaron D. Broadfoot; Austin L. Broadfoot
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Mobile Crusher #3 Frontera Materials, Hidalgo, Texas
    Mine Controller: Edwin E Forshage III
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Broken Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Handling Material
    Location: Dredge Chesterfield, St Louis, Missouri
    Mine Controller: David J Bangert
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand Common
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Otter Creek Sand & Gravel Inc, Fulton, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Dave Clinard
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Sierra Ready Mix Quarry Site, Clark, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Summit Materials LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand industrial NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Immel Mine, Knox, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Nyrstar NV
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Zinc
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Washington County Aggregates Inc, Washington, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Kelley C Silvey
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Mine Controller: Alpha Metallurgical Resources Inc
    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: Hansen Pit, Salt Lake, Utah
    Mine Controller: CCI (Clyde Companies Inc)
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Red Dog Operations, Northeast Arctic, Alaska
    Mine Controller: Tech Resources Limited
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Lead-Zinc Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Fords Branch Mine 1, 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: Avery Island, Iberia, Louisiana
    Mine Controller: Cargill Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Salt
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Houston Plant, Harris, TX
    Mine Controller: New Park Resources Inc.
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Barite Barium Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: American Eagle Mine, Kanawha, WV
    Mine Controller: Sev.en Energy AG
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Smokey Valley Common Operations, Nye , Nevada
    Mine Controller: Kinross Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore

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