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: Castle Valley Mine #4, Utah
    Mine Controller: Rhino Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Peerless Rachel Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Affinity Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Prairie Eagle South Underground Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc.; Franklin D. Robertson; James O. Bunn
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Loveridge #22, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Affinity Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
    Location: Begley Resources #1, Five Mile Prep Plant & Refuse Impoundment/West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Begley Resources #1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Amy C Hamilton
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Choctaw Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Walter Energy Incorporated
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Chargeback Date: July 08, 2013

    Reason for Amendment: Mr. Key arrived at Baptist Medical Center-Walker on 12/14/2012, at 15:30 and was transferred to U.A.B. Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama by ambulance on 12/15/2012, at 02:30. Mr. Key later died of injuries sustained from a fall from the rock truck. 

  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Robinson Run No 95, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface of Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pocahontas Mine , West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Willow Lake Portal, Willow Lake Portal, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Double Mountain Mine, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Quintana Energy Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Blacksville No 2, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Shoal Creek Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Drummond Company Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Beckley Pocahontas Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: International Coal Group ICG
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Fork Creek No 10 Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: James O Bunn; Franklin D Robertson
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Colowyo Mine, Colorado
    Mine Controller: Western Fuels Assoc Inc; Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assn Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Mine #23, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: James River Coal Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Liberty Processing, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Gibson South, Indiana
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: KC #1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: James River Coal Company
    Mine Type: Surface of Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Shoal Creek Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Drummond Company Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Salt Run Mine #1, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Kingston No. 2, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Handling Material
    Location: Timber Tree #9, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: John H Parton
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Calvert City Terminal LLC, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: John F Hunt III
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
    Location: Buchanan Mine #1, Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Fairbanks No. 4, Virginia
    Mine Controller: Wesley D. Burke
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Oxford Mining #3, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Oxford Resources Partners, LP
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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