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: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Gardenscape of New York, New York
    Mine Controller: David George Kasmoch
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Buchanan Mine #1, Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Belzer Pit, Montana
    Mine Controller: Steve Fossum; Scott Fossum; Carol Fossum
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Brooksville South Cement Plant, Florida
    Mine Controller: Cemex S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Murray Mines Inc., South Carolina
    Mine Controller: James O Murray Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Spring Creek Coal Company, Montana
    Mine Controller: Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
    Location: BREWER SAND, South Carolina
    Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Holcim (Texas) LP, Texas
    Mine Controller: Holcim Ltd; Crow Holdings
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
    Chargeback Explanation:

    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
    Chargeback Explanation:

    (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: Machinery
    Location: North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Sunshine Mine, Idaho
    Mine Controller: Sunshine Silver Mines Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Silver Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MC#1 Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Coalfield Transport Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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)
    Chargeback Explanation:

    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: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Brody Mine No 1, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • 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: Other
    Location: Crown Hill Dock, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: L W Hamilton; Warren Hylton
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    The date of the accident was April 18th, 2014. This case was determined to be a mining fatality on December 22, 2014.
  • 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: Machinery
    Location: Gibson Mine, Indiana
    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: 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: Machinery
    Location: Mine No. 4, Mine No. 30, Virginia
    Mine Controller: SunCoke Energy Incorporated
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Comstock / Mountain Lion, Utah
    Mine Controller: Steve L Gilbert
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Iron Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Mountain View Mine, West Virginia
    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: Wittichen Stephen Plants, Georgia
    Mine Controller: Brown Brothers Sand Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Sand, Industrial NEC

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