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: Centralia Coal Mine, Centralia, Lewis County, WA
    Mine Controller: Trans Alta Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: North Fork, Somerset County, PA
    Mine Controller: AK Steel Holding Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Little Spring Creek Mine, Walker County, AL
    Mine Controller: Freddy Hunt; Michael T Costello
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: W M P I, Gilberton, Schuylkill County, PA
    Mine Controller: John W Rich Jr
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Anthracite)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: No. 1 Surface Mine, Greenbrier County, WV
    Mine Controller: Frederick J Taylor
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Kocjancic, Jefferson County, PA
    Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fire
    Location: Bear Run Mine, Sullivan County, IN
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Morgan Camp Mine, Randolph County, WV
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: D-11 Panther, 29 Porter Hill, P. O. Box 249 Stanville, KY 41659
    Mine Controller: Jeffery A Hoops
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Oaktown Fuels Mine No 1, 1183 East Canvasback Drive Terre Haute, IN 47802
    Mine Controller: Brent K Bilsland
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: SHM52 Highwall Miner, Raleigh County, WV
    Mine Controller: David D Bundy
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Sentinel Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)