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 might 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: 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.

  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Chalk Hills Quarry, Utah
    Mine Controller: Karen Palmer
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gypsum

    (Victim died July 28, 2014)

    On June 14, 2014, Kevin Lee Ames, a 35-year-old laborer, was using a propane torch to shrink-wrap pelletized gypsum when he received serious burns on 35% of his body. He was subsequently discovered by a co-worker and transported to a hospital. He died on July 28, 2014. The death certificate indicated that the cause of death was mucormycosis (fungal infection) due to burns, and that the manner of death was an accident. An autopsy was not performed. Based on the findings of the death certificate and the MSHA investigation, the Fatality Review Committee determined that the death should be charged to the mining industry.

  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Sunshine Mine, Idaho
    Mine Controller: Sunshine Silver Mines Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Silver Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Hualapai Pit, Arizona
    Mine Controller: Thomas Short; Linda Short
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
    Amendments:
    (Victim died May 26, 2015)

    On May 13, 2014, a 67-year-old mechanic was standing on the motor drive belt guard of the cone crusher and was knocked off of the crusher by an excavator bucket. The mechanic fell approximately 11 feet to the ground. The victim was severely injured in the fall and taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to stabilize him. The victim was moved to a rehab facility and died on May 26, 2015. Based on the findings of an onsite MSHA investigation and an extensive review of medical documentation, the chargeability review committee concluded that his death should be charged to the mining industry.

  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Mississippi Sand Seagraves, Texas
    Mine Controller: Cemtech International Inc; Synergy Materials Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand, Industrial NEC

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