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: Cardinal, Hopkins, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Mine #3, Bell, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Douglas S Warriner; Michael A Blubaugh
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Federal No 2, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Brush Valley, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

    Rescission Date:  August 5, 2020
    MSHA’s Chargeability Review Committee reviewed the death certificate, autopsy report, medical information, and MSHA's accident investigation findings and determined that the miner died from natural causes.  The  fatality is not chargeable to the mine operator.

  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Marshall County Mine, Marshall County, WV
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: #1, Floyd, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Harold E Akers: Jim D Akers
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: American Eagle Mine, Kanawha County, WV
    Mine Controller: Blackhawk Mining LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Cardinal Mine, Hopkins County, KY
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Enlow Fork Mine, Consol Pennsylvannia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Scrubgrass Fuel Handling Facility, Venango County, PA
    Mine Controller: Falcon Power LLC; Aspen Scrubgrass Participant LLC
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: South Hollow Prep Plant and Loadout, Kanawha County, WV
    Mine Controller: Blackhawk Mining LLC
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
    Location: Paradise #9, Muhlenberg County, KY
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: CVB No 1, Harlan County, KY
    Mine Controller: Joseph T Bennett
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: South Fork Coal Co LLC HWM 61 , Greenbrier County, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: White Forest Resources Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Toms Fork Mine, Bell County, KY
    Mine Controller: Jack Stump; Micheal Runyon
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Mine No. 1, Hamilton County, IL
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Centralia Coal Mine, Centralia, Lewis County, WA
    Mine Controller: Trans Alta Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: North Fork, 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: Little Spring Creek Mine, Walker County, AL
    Mine Controller: Freddy Hunt; Michael T Costello
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: W M P I, Gilberton, Schuylkill County, PA
    Mine Controller: John W Rich Jr
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Anthracite)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: No. 1 Surface Mine, Greenbrier County, WV
    Mine Controller: Frederick J Taylor
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Kocjancic, Jefferson County, PA
    Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fire
    Location: Bear Run Mine, Sullivan County, IN
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Morgan Camp Mine, Randolph County, WV
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: D-11 Panther, 29 Porter Hill, P. O. Box 249 Stanville, KY 41659
    Mine Controller: Jeffery A Hoops
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Oaktown Fuels Mine No 1, 1183 East Canvasback Drive Terre Haute, IN 47802
    Mine Controller: Brent K Bilsland
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: SHM52 Highwall Miner, Raleigh County, WV
    Mine Controller: David D Bundy
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Sentinel Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: S-7 Surface Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Jeffery A Hoops
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Horse Creek Eagle, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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