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: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: CVB No 1, Harlan County, KY
    Mine Controller: Joseph T Bennett
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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: Machinery
    Location: South Fork Coal Co LLC HWM 61 , Greenbrier County, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: White Forest Resources Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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: Toms Fork Mine, Bell County, KY
    Mine Controller: Jack Stump; Micheal Runyon
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Mine No. 1, Hamilton County, IL
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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: 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: Machinery
    Location: No. 1 Surface Mine, Greenbrier County, WV
    Mine Controller: Frederick J Taylor
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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: 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: 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.
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Susag Sand & Gravel Inc, Wells County, North Dakota
    Mine Controller: Mack D Susag; Kerry Susag
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand & Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Non-Powered Haulage
    Location: Superior Silica Sands San Antonio Plant, SAN ANTONIO, TX
    Mine Controller: Insight Equity
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Chino Mines Co Mine, Grant, New Mexico
    Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: King Sand & Gravel, Navarro County, TX
    Mine Controller: Kay King
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Morgan Camp Mine, Randolph County, WV
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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