Recent accident reports
Preliminary Accident Reports, Fatalgrams and
Fatal Investigation Reports
Fatal alert bulletins and fatalgrams are part of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) program to alert the mining industry in a timely manner of a tragic loss of life in the mines. The above information is provided to organizations and individuals who may be able to enhance safety awareness in the industry. We encourage you to consider the information as you make safety decisions for or recommendations to your company or constituency. Recipients are asked to further distribute these bulletins in order to assure the widest possible circulation. Industry cooperation in this effort is essential to carry the message to the mining community.
The information provided in these notices is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the causes of the fatality.
MSHA investigates fatal accidents and publishes reports for the purpose of obtaining and utilizing information about the causes of accidents in our Nation’s mines. The objective of an accident investigation is to determine the root cause(s) of the mine accident and to utilize and share this information with the mining community and others for the purpose of preventing similar occurrences. MSHA’s accident investigations include determinations of whether violations of the Federal Mine Safety and
Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) or implementing regulations contributed to the accident.
MSHA is providing a link to judicial opinions associated with some of the fatal accident investigation reports. Sometimes, violations cited as contributing to the accident are legally challenged, and decisions concerning these violations are issued by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and the Federal Courts of Appeal. To the extent that the findings in those decisions may be different than the findings in MSHA's report of investigation, the reader should understand that Commission judges, the Commission, and the courts make decisions about the cases before them based on their independent evaluation of the evidence presented to them in litigation.
To see judicial opinions related to a particular fatal investigation report, click on the link “Judicial Opinions” found below, or the link "Judicial Opinions" provided on the Fatalgram/Fatal Investigation Reports menu pages. Any report with a “Judicial Opinion” will be so indicated, as well as listed on the “Judicial Opinions" page.
To help you understand Accident Classifications. we are providing you with definitions for these. You may access those definitions using this link .
Please Note: Since June 2010, MSHA is posting preliminary reports of accidents. These are a preliminary report of a reported mine fatality that occurred. These reports are subject to change as the accident is investigated and will be updated as NEW INFORMATION becomes available.