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: Security Quarry, Maryland
    Mine Controller: Holcim Ltd
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
    Location: Buchanan Mine #1, Virginia
    Mine Controller: CONSOL Energy Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Damascuse 535 Crushing, Pennsylvania
    Mine Controller: Timothy M Smith
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Crushed and Broken Stone, Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: 43491, Minnesota
    Mine Controller: MDU Resources Group Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Fairbanks No. 4, Virginia
    Mine Controller: Wesley D. Burke
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Oxford Mining #3, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Oxford Resources Partners, LP
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Lucky Friday, Idaho
    Mine Controller: Hecla Mining Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Silver Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Anderson Sand & Gravel, Iowa
    Mine Controller: Bruce A Anderson
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Mine No 9, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Harold E Akers; Jim D Akers
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Mill Branch, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Thomas R Hamilton
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: STILLWATER MINE, Montana
    Mine Controller: Stillwater Mining Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Platinum Group Ore
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: South Area , Nevada
    Mine Controller: Newmont Mining Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Equality, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Armstrong Energy Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Shoemaker Mine, West 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: Mine No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Curtis Laws
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Bituminous Coal Underground Mining
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Freedom Pit, New York
    Mine Controller: Lafarge S A
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Plant #1, Idaho
    Mine Controller: Eucon Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Explosives and Breaking Agents
    Location: Kensington, Alaska
    Mine Controller: Coeur Mining, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming
    Mine Controller: Peabody Powder River Operations LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Mountaineer II Mine, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: 4 J's Gravel Crushing Plant 2, Minnesota
    Mine Controller: Kevin R Paul
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Century Mine, Ohio
    Mine Controller: Robert E Murray
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Superior Cleaning Plant, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Classic Coal Sales, Inc.
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: Navajo Mine, New Mexico
    Mine Controller: P&H Mine Pro Services, Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    The Operator contested both MSHA's jurisdiction and the substance of the citations in this case. During discovery and the litigation process, MSHA learned that it did not have jurisdiction over the road where the fatal accident occurred. The portion of the road was open to the public and not under the control of the Mine Operator. Based on this, MSHA determined that the fatality should be delisted and should not be charged to the mining industry.
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Voyager #7, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: P-1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Benjamin R. Bennett
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Eagle #1, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Patriot Coal Corporation; Rhino Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: West Elk Mine, Colorado
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Other
    Location: No. 5 Strip, Virginia
    Mine Controller: William D Humphreys
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
    Amendments:
    Based on MSHA’s investigation and the finding of the death certificate, MSHA concluded that the miner died from natural causes and that the fatality should be de-listed and not charged to the mining industry. The death certificate indicated that the death was natural and was due to a cardiac arrhythmia due to a myocardial infarction which in turn was due to coronary artery atherosclerosis.
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: Fort Knox Mine, Alaska
    Mine Controller: Kinross Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Gold Ore

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