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: 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
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Gypsum Mountain, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Paul R Gianoli
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gypsum
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Midas Mine, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Klondex Mines Ltd
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Gravelite Division, Louisiana
    Mine Controller: CRH PLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Fire Clay
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Hafenstine Plant #1, Kansas
    Mine Controller: Donald P Hafenstine
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Mississippi Lime Company-Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Margaret J Heckman
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Lime
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: LORD FARM #5, Virginia
    Mine Controller: John M Baillio
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: East Coast Mines Ltd, New York
    Mine Controller: John B Tintle
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: AMES MINE, Iowa
    Mine Controller: Martin Marietta Materials Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: KOSMOS CEMENT CO., Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cemex S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Comstock / Mountain Lion, Utah
    Mine Controller: Steve L Gilbert
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Iron Ore
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Wittichen Stephen Plants, Georgia
    Mine Controller: Brown Brothers Sand Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand, Industrial NEC
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Dredge IV, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: HMT Holdings, Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Tilden Mine, Michigan
    Mine Controller: U.S. Steel Canada; Cliffs Natural Resources Inc
    Mined Material: Iron Ore
    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 is not chargeable.
  • Accident Classification: Explosives and Breaking Agents
    Location: Kansas Falls Quarry, Kansas
    Mine Controller: Bayer Construction Company Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Cumberland River Quarry, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: W Scott McGeorge
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
    Amendments:
    (Victim Died November 22, 2013)
  • Accident Classification: Explosives and Breaking Agents
    Location: Fortune Revenue Silver Mine, Colorado
    Mine Controller: Fortune Minerals Limited
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Silver Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: LITHIA SPRINGS QUARRY, Georgia
    Mine Controller: Vulcan Materials Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Granite
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Lebec Cement Plant , California
    Mine Controller: Vicat S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
    Amendments:
    (Victim Died October 19, 2013)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Northrup Quarry, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Jan M God
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Slate
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Caldwell Quarry, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Roy Beard
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Huntsville Quarry, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Summit Materials LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MJL Crushing LLC, New York
    Mine Controller: Michael J. Lyndaker
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Troy Plant, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: John H Ford
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Stevens Creek Quarry, California
    Mine Controller: Richard Voss
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Exodus, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore

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