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: 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
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Freeport-McMoRan Safford Inc, Arizona
    Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Huff Creek No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Catenary Coal Holdings, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Explosives and Breaking Agents
    Location: MARTIN MARIETTA MAGNESIA SPECIAL, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Martin Marietta Materials Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Lime
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Beck Street South, Utah
    Mine Controller: CRH PLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Vista Sand, Texas
    Mine Controller: RJS Holdings LLC; MWR Holdings LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Dotiki Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: 4 West Mine, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: GenPower Holdings LP;James L Laurita Jr
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Lower War Eagle, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Coronado Coal LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Barrick Cortez Inc., Nevada
    Mine Controller: Barrick Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Davenport Plant, Iowa
    Mine Controller: Lafarge S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MC#1 Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Coalfield Transport Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Johnson Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Randall E Crawford
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Onton #9 , Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Mine No. 1, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    On August 19, 2015, a miner was injured at Alliance Resource Partners LP - Mine No. 1 when the boom of a belt drive he was installing fell and hit him on the shoulder. On October 1, 2015 the miner died. On February 17, 2016, MSHA was notified that the miner died as a result of the August 19, 2015, injuries. On April 11, 2016, MSHA referred the accident to the chargeability Review Committee. On October 13, 2016, the Chargeability Review Committee determined that the death should be charged to the mining industry. The death certificate listed clinical debilitation due to left shoulder injury as a contributing factor.
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Leesburg Plant , Virginia
    Mine Controller: Charles S Luck IV; Charles S Luck III
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Granite
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: SSX Mine, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Keith Jones
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Pinky's Aggregates Inc, North Dakota
    Mine Controller: Dale Honsey
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: MAIN PROCESSING PLANT, Georgia
    Mine Controller: J Eric Tillirson
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Kaolin and Ball Clay
  • 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: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: 4 West Mine, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Mepco Intermediate Holdings, LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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

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