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 Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: McElroy Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Ohio Valley Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Heilwood, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Brubaker Mine, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: JAZ Ventures LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Highland 9 Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Crawdad No 1 Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Kristopher C Lilly
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Tinsley Branch HWM 61, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cox Enterprises; L C Management
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: West Ridge Mine, Utah
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Manchester Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Roger W Perry; Rance Perry; Leah Perry-Haynie
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Buchanan Mine #1, Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Spring Creek Coal Company, Montana
    Mine Controller: Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Surface
    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: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Brody Mine No 1, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Crown Hill Dock, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: L W Hamilton; Warren Hylton
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    The date of the accident was April 18th, 2014. This case was determined to be a mining fatality on December 22, 2014.
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Gibson Mine, Indiana
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Mine No. 4, Mine No. 30, Virginia
    Mine Controller: SunCoke Energy Incorporated
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Mountain View Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Century Mine, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: MC#1 Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Coalfield Transport Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Prosperity Mine, Indiana
    Mine Controller: Donald Blankenberger
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Jim Bridger Mine, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company; IDACORP
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pattiki , Illinois
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: McElroy Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Black Thunder, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Huff Creek No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cantenary Coal Holdings
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Amerikohl Strips, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: John M Stilley
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Maple Creek Preparation Plant, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Chargeback Date: September 04, 2013

    (Determined to be Chargeable September 4, 2013)

  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Wildcat Hills Mine-Underground, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: No 7 Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Walter Energy Incorporated
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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