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: Handling Material
    Location: Enon Sand &Gravel, Clark, Ohio
    Mine Controller: James P JurgensenII; Jacqueline J Alf; Jason R
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Newark Aquisition , LLC, Beauregard, Louisiana
    Mine Controller: Mark LaBorde; Kevin A Cook
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand, Common
  • Accident Classification: Handling Material
    Location: Patterson Road, Allegan MIchigan
    Mine Controller: CRH PLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Tehachapi Plant, Kern, California
    Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Portable Crushing Dept 415, Clinton County, IA
    Mine Controller: Manaco Corporation
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Holcim (US) Inc. Holly Hill Facility, Orangeburg County, SC
    Mine Controller: LafargeHolcim Ltd
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: EP Engineered Clays Corporation, Hinds County, MS
    Mine Controller: USS Holdings Inc
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Clay Ceramic Refractory Mnls
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine Inc, St Louis County, MN
    Mine Controller: ArcelorMittal USA LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Iron Ore
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Premium Sandstone Quarry, Palo Pinto, Texas
    Mine Controller: Joel Taylor; Michael Ruff
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Sandstone
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Cote Blanche Mine, Iberia County, LA
    Mine Controller: Compass Minerals International Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Salt
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Smoky Canyon Mine, Park County, WY
    Mine Controller: Scott Simplot
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Phosphate Rock
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Home Pit and Mill, Chittenden , Vermont
    Mine Controller: Timothy Casey
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Northeast Aggregate Corporation, Franklin County, VT
    Mine Controller: Marie Charbonneau
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Broken Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Tazewell Quarry, Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Vulcan Materials Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: East Sand Plant, Oklahoma County, OK
    Mine Controller: Dolese Brothers Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand, Common
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: River Road Quarry, Davidson County, TN
    Mine Controller: Vulcan Materials Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Crushed Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: West Amarillo Sand & Gravel , Oldham County, Texas
    Mine Controller: Rogers Group Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Gold Bar, Eureka County, NV
    Mine Controller: Rob McEwen
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore

    Rescission Date:  June 26, 2019

    The Acting Chair of MSHA’s Chargeability Review Committee reviewed the death certificate, autopsy report, and MSHA's accident investigation findings and determined that the miner died from natural causes.  The  fatality is not chargeable to the mining industry.

  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MILLSTONE QUARRY, Oglethorpe County, GA
    Mine Controller: Robert E Paul
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Granite
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Balcones Quarry, Comal County, TX
    Mine Controller: Cemex S A
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: TYRONE MINE, Grant County, NM
    Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pete Bajo, Eureka County, NV
    Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: O-N Minerals, Cedarville Operation, Mackinac County, MI
    Mine Controller: Carmeuse Holding SA
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Lee Smith Mine, Elko County, NV
    Mine Controller: Keith Jones
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Chino Mines Co Mine, Grant County, NM
    Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: MCGREGOR, Flathead County, MT
    Mine Controller: Brad Mercord; Bill Carter
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Jet Mist tm Quarry, Culpeper County, VA
    Mine Controller: Antonio C Ramos
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Granite
  • Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
    Location: Empire State Mines, St Lawrence Count, NY
    Mine Controller: Augusta Group Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Lead-Zinc Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Haines & Kibblehouse Inc. , Berks County, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: John B Haines IV; John R Kibblehouse
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed Broken Traprock
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: No Information, No Information
    Mine Controller: No Information
    Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
    Amendments:
    MSHA has determined that it does not have jurisdiction on the public road where the previously posted Fatality #8 accident occurred. Accordingly, MSHA has delisted Fatality #8 as chargeable to the mining industry.

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