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: Powered Haulage
    Location: Oak Grove Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: ERP Compliant Fuels, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Gateway Eagle Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Blackhawk Mining LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Hastie Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Donald D Hastie; Robert L Hastie
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pinnacle Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: ERP Compliant Fuels, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Rosebud Mine&Crusher/Conveyor, Montana
    Mine Controller: Westmoreland Coal Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: GHM #51, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Laird T Orr Jr.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Bonito Pit, New Mexico
    Mine Controller: Kayla Kersey; Dale Armstrong
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Cottonwood #1204, Texas
    Mine Controller: Trinity Industries Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Bishop Impoundment Area, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: James C Justice II
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Mine No. 5, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Anthony P Cline
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    (Accident occurred on February 23, 2017 and victim died on April 6, 2017)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Elk Lick Tipple, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Coronado Coal LLC
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    (Accident occurred on February 3, 2017 and victim died on February 10, 2017)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: #2, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Mark E Daugherty
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Linwood Mine, Iowa
    Mine Controller: Mc Carthy- Bush Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Buckhorn Mine, Washington
    Mine Controller: Kinross Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Roberta Mine, Georgia
    Mine Controller: Curt B Jamison
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Oak Grove Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: ERP Compliant Fuels, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: McLean/Stover Pit #1, Michigan
    Mine Controller: Andy B McLean
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand, Common
    Amendments:
    The Final Report will not be posted
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Pleasant Hill Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    Based on a review conducted by MSHA’s Chargeability Review Committee, MSHA determined that this death was unrelated to mine related work activities, mining activities, or mining equipment, and should not be charged to the mining industry. Therefore the total coal fatalities in 2016 are eight instead of nine. On September 23, 2016, a miner was fatally injured in a vehicle accident while a passenger in a coworker’s personally owned vehicle. The miner and his co-worker had concluded their shifts at the mine, changed clothes and were in the vehicle heading away from the mine. They were on the mine’s access road when the coworker lost control of the vehicle after the brakes malfunctioned; the vehicle impacted the berm and rolled over. No hazards or violations associated with the condition or maintenance of the access road were found.
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Holston River Quarry Inc, Virginia
    Mine Controller: Doug Dalton
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Premier Magnesia LLC, Nevada
    Mine Controller: John Gehret
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Magnesite
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: NEVERSON QUARRY, North Carolina
    Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Granite
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: KOSMOS CEMENT CO., Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cemex S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
    Location: Road Fork #51 Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Savannah Quarry, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Vulcan Materials Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Atlas Qu Pt Crusher #1, Arkansas
    Mine Controller: Atlas Asphalt; White River Bituminous
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: The American Coal Company New Era Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Inundation
    Location: Harmony Mine & Mill , Mississippi
    Mine Controller: Heyward C Green
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Leer Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Ash Grove Cement Company, Texas
    Mine Controller: Ash Grove Cement Company
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: The Chemours Company TT LLC, Florida
    Mine Controller: EI DuPont De Nemours & Co Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Titanium Ore

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