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: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Leesburg Plant , Virginia
    Mine Controller: Charles S Luck IV; Charles S Luck III
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Granite
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: SSX Mine, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Keith Jones
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Pinky's Aggregates Inc, North Dakota
    Mine Controller: Dale Honsey
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: MAIN PROCESSING PLANT, Georgia
    Mine Controller: J Eric Tillirson
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Kaolin and Ball Clay
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Dry Fork Sand & Gravel, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: CEC #4, Massachusetts
    Mine Controller: Louise Landers
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Striking or Bumping
    Location: Fillmore Pit & Plant, New Hampshire
    Mine Controller: Gregory S Fillmore
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Hycroft Mine, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Allied Nevada Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Lone Star Quarry & Mill, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Buzzi Unicem S P A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Kane's Quarry, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Daniel E Acker
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
    Amendments:
    Amendments
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Ulrich Pit, Nebraska
    Mine Controller: Scott Ulrich; Wes Ulrich
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Swift Creek Mine, Florida
    Mine Controller: Potash Corp Of Saskatchewan
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Phosphate Rock
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Fletcher Mine and Mill, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Renco Group
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Lead-Zinc Ore
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Leeville, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Knife River Construction Vernalis Plant, California
    Mine Controller: MDU Resources Group Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Tilden Plant, Texas
    Mine Controller: O Paul Leonard Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Common Clays NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Millersville Quarry, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Tim E Bell
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Ottawa Plant, Illinois
    Mine Controller: USS Holdings Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Ground Silica

    On November 26, 2014, Daniel Pabian, Leadman with Pabian Enterprises LLC, fell from a ladder. He had reached for a wrench and was climbing the steps of the ladder in an attempt to hand the wrench to a co-worker when he fell and hit his head. He was transported to a hospital, where he died later the same day. The death certificate and autopsy report both indicated that the manner of death was accidental, and the cause of death was a cervical spinal fracture due to a fall from a ladder. Based on the findings of the death certificate, the autopsy report and the MSHA investigation, the committee members concluded that his death should be charged to the mining industry.

  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: South Sterling Quarry, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: George F Edwards Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Sandstone
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Bayer Alumina Plant, Texas
    Mine Controller: Alcoa Inc
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Alumina
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: IMI Plymouth Sand & Gravel, Indiana
    Mine Controller: Earl Brinker
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
    Amendments:
    (Victim died November 27, 2014)

    On November 17, 2014, Robert Arnold Fleenor, a 63-year-old truck driver, missed the last step while climbing down the ladder of his haul truck. He hit the tire of the haul truck and then slid down the tire and hit his head on the concrete. Several hours later, he complained of not feeling well, and was subsequently found unresponsive behind the steering wheel of his truck. He was transported to a hospital, where he died on November 27, 2014. The death certificate and autopsy report both indicated that the manner of death was accidental, and the cause of death was a left cerebral infarction due to left subdural hematoma. Based on the findings of the death certificate, the autopsy report, and the MSHA investigation, the committee members concluded that his death should be charged to the mining industry.

  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: R&S STONE, INC., Virginia
    Mine Controller: Terri Reed Smith; Terry Garth Reed
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Granite
    Amendments:
    (Victim died January 17, 2015)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: EVANSVILLE PLANT, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: HOCKLEY MINE, Texas
    Mine Controller: Texas United Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Salt
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Gardenscape of New York, New York
    Mine Controller: David George Kasmoch
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Belzer Pit, Montana
    Mine Controller: Steve Fossum; Scott Fossum; Carol Fossum
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Brooksville South Cement Plant, Florida
    Mine Controller: Cemex S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Murray Mines Inc., South Carolina
    Mine Controller: James O Murray Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
    Location: BREWER SAND, South Carolina
    Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Holcim (Texas) LP, Texas
    Mine Controller: Holcim Ltd; Crow Holdings
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement

    On June 17, 2014, a fatal accident occurred at Holcim Texas LP. On, September 3, 2014, MSHA referred the accident to the Chargeability Review Committee. On February 2, 2015, the Chargeability Review Committee determined that this death should be charged to the mining industry. The autopsy report indicated that the manner of death was accidental and that the cause of death was asthma exacerbated by environmental dust exposure.

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