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: Pleasant Hill Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Deserado Mine, Colorado
    Mine Controller: Deseret Generation & Transmission Co-operative
    Mine Type: Surface of Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: New St. Nicholas Breaker, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: John W Rich
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Anthracite)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Oak Grove Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: ERP Compliant Fuels, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Gateway Eagle Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Blackhawk Mining LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pinnacle Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: ERP Compliant Fuels, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Rosebud Mine&Crusher/Conveyor, Montana
    Mine Controller: Westmoreland Coal Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: GHM #51, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Laird T Orr Jr.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Bishop Impoundment Area, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: James C Justice II
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Mine No. 5, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Anthony P Cline
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    (Accident occurred on February 23, 2017 and victim died on April 6, 2017)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Elk Lick Tipple, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Coronado Coal LLC
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    (Accident occurred on February 3, 2017 and victim died on February 10, 2017)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: #2, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Mark E Daugherty
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Oak Grove Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: ERP Compliant Fuels, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Slip Ridge Cedar Grove Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Marfork Coal Company LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    Based on a review conducted by MSHA’s Chargeability Review Committee, MSHA determined that this death was unrelated to mine related work activities, mining activities, or mining equipment, and should not be charged to the mining industry. Therefore the total coal fatalities in 2016 are eight instead of nine. On September 23, 2016, a miner was fatally injured in a vehicle accident while a passenger in a coworker’s personally owned vehicle. The miner and his co-worker had concluded their shifts at the mine, changed clothes and were in the vehicle heading away from the mine. They were on the mine’s access road when the coworker lost control of the vehicle after the brakes malfunctioned; the vehicle impacted the berm and rolled over. No hazards or violations associated with the condition or maintenance of the access road were found.
  • Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
    Location: Road Fork #51 Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: The American Coal Company New Era Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Leer Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Huff Creek No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Catenary Coal Holdings, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Dotiki Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: 4 West Mine, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: GenPower Holdings LP;James L Laurita Jr
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Lower War Eagle, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Coronado Coal LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MC#1 Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Coalfield Transport Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Johnson Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Randall E Crawford
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Onton #9 , Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Mine No. 1, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    On August 19, 2015, a miner was injured at Alliance Resource Partners LP - Mine No. 1 when the boom of a belt drive he was installing fell and hit him on the shoulder. On October 1, 2015 the miner died. On February 17, 2016, MSHA was notified that the miner died as a result of the August 19, 2015, injuries. On April 11, 2016, MSHA referred the accident to the chargeability Review Committee. On October 13, 2016, the Chargeability Review Committee determined that the death should be charged to the mining industry. The death certificate listed clinical debilitation due to left shoulder injury as a contributing factor.
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: 4 West Mine, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Mepco Intermediate Holdings, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Gateway Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: No. 11 Allen Branch Job, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cambrian Coal Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Republic Energy, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Deep Mine 41, Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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