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: Machinery
    Location: Black Thunder, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Huff Creek No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Cantenary Coal Holdings
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MJL Crushing LLC, New York
    Mine Controller: Michael J. Lyndaker
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Amerikohl Strips, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: John M Stilley
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Troy Plant, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: John H Ford
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Maple Creek Preparation Plant, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Chargeback Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 (All day)
    Chargeback Explanation:

    (Determined to be Chargeable September 4, 2013)

  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Wildcat Hills Mine-Underground, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Stevens Creek Quarry, California
    Mine Controller: Richard Voss
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: No 7 Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Walter Energy Incorporated
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Exodus, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Questa Mine & Mill , New Mexico
    Mine Controller: Chevron Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Molybdenum Ore
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: ACG Materials-Shamrock, Texas
    Mine Controller: Charles W Harrison Jr
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gypsum
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Cote Blanche Mine , Louisiana
    Mine Controller: Compass Minerals International, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Salt
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Freeport-McMoRan Bagdad Inc , Arizona
    Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Explosives and Breaking Agents
    Location: North Stone , Missouri
    Mine Controller: Fred Weber, Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Castle Valley Mine #4, Utah
    Mine Controller: Rhino Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Peerless Rachel Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Affinity Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Prairie Eagle South Underground Mine, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc.; Franklin D. Robertson; James O. Bunn
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Loveridge #22, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Hoisting
    Location: Affinity Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Metinvest B V
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
    Location: Begley Resources #1, Five Mile Prep Plant & Refuse Impoundment/West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Begley Resources #1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Amy C Hamilton
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Apex Quarry and Plant, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Lhoist Group
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Lime
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: THREE RIVERS QUARRY, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Lafarge S A
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
    Amendments:
    (Victim Died January 19, 2013)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Choctaw Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Walter Energy Incorporated
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Chargeback Date: Monday, July 8, 2013 (All day)
    Chargeback Explanation:

    Reason for Amendment: Mr. Key arrived at Baptist Medical Center-Walker on 12/14/2012, at 15:30 and was transferred to U.A.B. Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama by ambulance on 12/15/2012, at 02:30. Mr. Key later died of injuries sustained from a fall from the rock truck. 

  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Robinson Run No 95, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface of Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pocahontas Mine , West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Willow Lake Portal, Willow Lake Portal, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Energy
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: MT MARION PIT AND MILL, New York
    Mine Controller: Northeast Solite Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Common Shale

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