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: Mine No 9, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Harold E Akers; Jim D Akers
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Mill Branch, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Thomas R Hamilton
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Equality, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Armstrong Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Shoemaker Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Mine No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Curtis Laws
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Peabody Powder River Operations LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Mountaineer II Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    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: Electrical
    Location: Superior Cleaning Plant, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Classic Coal Sales, Inc.
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Navajo Mine, New Mexico
    Mine Controller: P&H Mine Pro Services, Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    The Operator contested both MSHA's jurisdiction and the substance of the citations in this case. During discovery and the litigation process, MSHA learned that it did not have jurisdiction over the road where the fatal accident occurred. The portion of the road was open to the public and not under the control of the Mine Operator. Based on this, MSHA determined that the fatality should be delisted and should not be charged to the mining industry.
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Voyager #7, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: P-1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Benjamin R. Bennett
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Eagle #1, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation; Rhino Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: West Elk Mine, Colorado
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: No. 5 Strip, Virginia
    Mine Controller: William D Humphreys
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    Based on MSHA’s investigation and the finding of the death certificate, MSHA concluded that the miner died from natural causes and that the fatality should be de-listed and not charged to the mining industry. The death certificate indicated that the death was natural and was due to a cardiac arrhythmia due to a myocardial infarction which in turn was due to coronary artery atherosclerosis.
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Guyan, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: No. 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: James H Booth
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Kayenta Mine, Arizona
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy Corporation
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: McElroy Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    On March 25, 2011, MSHA Solicitors made a determination that a fatality which occurred on February 03, 2011, (Listed as Coal #2 - Consol Energy Inc. - McElroy Mine - Cameron, WV) is not under MSHA jurisdiction, and therefore, not chargeable to the mining industry.
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Jims Branch No 3B, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Robert L Worley
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Republic Energy, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Rex Strip #1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Joseph T Bennett
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: River View Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Kingston No 1, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Kansas Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: National Coal of Alabama
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Freelandville Underground, Indiana
    Mine Controller: James River Coal Company
    Mine Type: Surface of Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Loveridge #22, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Consolidation Coal Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Willow Lake Portal, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Midwest Operations LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pocahontas Mine , West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: No. 68, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: James River Coal Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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