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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
(**Please be advised, when searching by Mined Material, a particular material might be listed more than once**)

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: 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
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Gateway Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: No. 11 Allen Branch Job, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cambrian Coal Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Hycroft Mine, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Allied Nevada Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Lone Star Quarry & Mill, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Buzzi Unicem S P A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Kane's Quarry, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Daniel E Acker
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
    Amendments:
    Amendments
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Ulrich Pit, Nebraska
    Mine Controller: Scott Ulrich; Wes Ulrich
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Republic Energy, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Deep Mine 41, Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: McElroy Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Ohio Valley Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Heilwood, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: J Clifford Forrest III
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Brubaker Mine, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: JAZ Ventures LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Swift Creek Mine, Florida
    Mine Controller: Potash Corp Of Saskatchewan
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Phosphate Rock
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Fletcher Mine and Mill, Missouri
    Mine Controller: Renco Group
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Lead-Zinc Ore
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Leeville, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Knife River Construction Vernalis Plant, California
    Mine Controller: MDU Resources Group Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Tilden Plant, Texas
    Mine Controller: O Paul Leonard Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Common Clays NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Highland 9 Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Millersville Quarry, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Tim E Bell
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Ottawa Plant, Illinois
    Mine Controller: USS Holdings Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Ground Silica

    On November 26, 2014, Daniel Pabian, Leadman with Pabian Enterprises LLC, fell from a ladder. He had reached for a wrench and was climbing the steps of the ladder in an attempt to hand the wrench to a co-worker when he fell and hit his head. He was transported to a hospital, where he died later the same day. The death certificate and autopsy report both indicated that the manner of death was accidental, and the cause of death was a cervical spinal fracture due to a fall from a ladder. Based on the findings of the death certificate, the autopsy report and the MSHA investigation, the committee members concluded that his death should be charged to the mining industry.

  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: South Sterling Quarry, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: George F Edwards Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Sandstone

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