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Fatalities Occurring at Underground Coal Mine Disasters Since 1980
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Date Company and Mine State/City No. Killed Primary Cause Brief Description Planets
09/15/80 Ziegler Coal Company
Spartan Mine
IL, Sparta 3 Roof Fall Three miners were fatally injured when the roof suddenly collapsed in the No. 2 south entry.  Sub-normal roof conditions were being experienced immediately prior to the collapse.
10/27/80 Frank Crawford Coal Company
No. 1 Mine
KY, Woodbine 3 Explosives One man, a scoop operator was killed following the explosives in the crosscut right of the No. 2 entry.  Two other workmen, in search of the first man succumbed to noxious gases from the detonation.
11/07/80 Westmoreland Coal Company
Ferrell No. 17
WV, Uneeda 5 Methane Explosion A methane explosion occurred in the 1 East 2 South section as a result of inadequate ventilation controls in the section.
04/15/81 Mid-Continent Resources, Inc.
Dutch Creek No. 1
CO, Redstone 15 Methane Explosion An outburst occurred at the face of the No. 1 entry that released large amounts of methane and coal dust which was ignited by the continuous mining machine not maintained in a permissible condition.
06/03/81 Grays Knob Coal Company
No. 5 Mine
KY, Grays Knob 3 Inundation The section of the No. 5 mine had been permeated by a sudden inrush of blackdamp when the continuous mining machine unintentionally penetrated the abandoned adjacent No. 1 mine.
12/03/81 Elk River Sewell Coal Co.
Stillhouse Run No. 1
WV, Bergoo 3 Roof Fall While repositioning the roof bolting machine to the left side of the left crosscut in the No. 2 entry, the roof suddenly collapsed.  One additional miner suffered serious injury.
12/07/81 Adkins Coal Co.
No. 11 Mine
KY, Kite 8 Coal Dust Explosion A coal dust explosion occurred when a blown-out shot from the right corner blasthole that had been put into suspension by blasts at this face.
12/08/81 Grundy Mining Co.
No. 21 Mine
TN, Whitewell 13 Methane Explosion An explosion occurred in the 003 section when methane accumulations in the gob off 5 Right flowed through a test borehole of the Nos. 2 and 3 entries of the 003 section.
01/20/82 RFH Coal Co.
No. 1 Mine
KY, Craynor 7 Coal Dust Explosion A coal dust explosion occurred in the 001 section when explosives were detonated in the developing crosscut between the Nos. 5 and 6 rooms.
08/24/82 Island Creek Coal Company
VA Pocahontas Mine
VA, Oakwood 3 Fall of Material An improperly repaired refuse bin suddenly tipped and dropped vertically crushing 3 workmen.
06/21/83 Clinchfield Coal Company
McClure No. 1 Mine
VA, McClure 7 Methane Explosion An explosion occurred in the 2 left entries caused by an insufficient volume and velocity of air.
07/03/83 Helen Mining Company
Homer City Mine
PA, Homer City 1 Methane Explosion While examining the mine following a power interruption and fan stoppage, an explosive methane-air mixture was ignited by the arcing of the controller on a vehicle approximately 500 ft. from the face.
02/16/84 Pennsylvania Mines Corporation
Greenwich Collieries No. 1 Mine
PA, Green Twp. 3 Methane Explosion An accumulation of water in the longwall gob areas and bleeder entries allowed for the buildup of methane which was ignited by the electrical arcing of a battery-powered locomotive.
09/12/84 Bon Trucking Company
Berger No. 2 Mine
KY, Evarts 4 Roof Fall While repairing a bridge conveyor, a large portion of roof fell covering the conveyor and a portion of the mining machine.
12/19/84 Emery Mining Corporation
Wilberg Mine
UT, Orangeville 27 Mine Fire A fire in the intake of the 5th Right longwall quickly engulfed and cut of the escape route of 27 persons.  The fire source was determined to be a compressor at crosscut 36.  One miner escaped.
08/19/85 R & R Coal Company
No. 3 Mine
KY, Woodbine 3 CO Poisoning Loading and hauling coal after a shot throughout the afternoon, a miner was overcome by CO when his scoop became stuck in the face area.  Two others attempting to save the fallen miner were also overcome.
12/11/85 M.S.W. Coal Company
No. 2 Slope
PA, Carlstown 3 Methane Explosion A methane-air mixture was ignited by the explosives in the No. 2 slope.
02/06/86 Consolidation Coal Company
Loveridge No. 22 Mine
WV, Fairview 5 Fall of Person A sudden collapse of material over a raw coal storage bin engulfed and suffocated 5 of 7 persons examining same.
07/09/86 Freeman United Coal Company
Orient No. 6 Mine
IL, Waltonville 3 Roof Fall While cutting down roof for an overcast with a continuous miner, the roof suddenly collapsed killing 3 foremen watching the work from the entry.  The miner operator escaped the fall.
01/04/89 Cumberland Valley Contractors
CV-2 Mine
KY, Middlesboro 3 Roof Fall As final cuts were being made to the No. 4 pillar, a sudden roof fall occurred killing 3 miners.
09/13/89 Pyro Mining Company
William Station Mine
KY, Sullivan 10 Methane Explosion An explosion occurred on longwall panel "O" between the 4th and 5th West entries off the first Main North entry.  Insufficient volume and velocity of air allowed the buildup of methane.
07/31/90 Granny Rose Coal Company
No. 3 Mine
KY, Barbourville 3 Explosives Explosives, detonators, and miners were directly aligned with explosive forces from the production blasting conducted in the right crosscut of the No. 1 entry.  These forces penetrated the coal pillar, and detonated unused explosives located near the victims.
02/13/91 J & T Coal, Inc.
No. 1 Mine
VA, St. Charles 4 Roof Fall A massive roof fall occurred in the line of the last open crosscuts between the No. 1 and No. 3 entries.
03/19/92 Consolidation Coal Company
Blacksville No. 1 Mine
WV, Blacksville 4 Methane Explosion During installation of a 16 in. casing through an opening in the cap covering the production shaft, a methane-air mixture was ignited by sparks produced by arc welding.
12/07/92 Southmountain Coal Company
No. 3 Mine
VA, Norton 8 Methane Explosion MSHA investigators concluded that an open flame from a cigarette lighter found on the mine floor was the ignition source.
07/31/00 RAG American Coal Holdings, Inc.
Willow Creek Mine
UT, Helper 2 Methane Explosion The blast is thought to have been triggered after a controlled roof collapse created sparks that started a fire and touched off a pocket of methane.  A dozen miners were injured in the blast.
09/23/01 Jim Walter Resources
No. 5 Mine
AL, Brookwood 13 Methane Explosion A roof fall occurred in an intersection next to a battery charging station.  The battery charging station and possibly the adjacent permanent stopping were compromised by the roof fall. A short time after the roof fall, an explosion occurred injuring several miners.  Some time later, a secondary explosion occurred which resulted in 13 fatalities.
01/22/03 McElroy Mining Company
Central Cambria Drilling
WV, Cameron 3 Methane Explosion Methane ignited and exploded in an air shaft under construction while contract workers were installing a door approximately 940 feet from the surface.
01/02/06 International Mines Corporation
Sago Mine
WV, Tallmansville 12 Methane Explosion Methane, possibly ignited by lightning in a sealed area exploded.  Of the 12 miners that barricaded themselves, only 1 survived after 41 hours.
01/19/06 Massey Energy Corporation
Aracoma Mining Co.
Alma Mine No. 1
WV, Melville 2 Mine Fire A fire broke out around 5:45 p.m.  10 members of a 12-man crew escaped that portion of the mine at Melville and joined with another mine crew to leave the mine.  Two miners, unable to escape were found dead at 4:30 p.m. on January 21.
05/20/06 Kentucky Darby LLC
Darby Mine No. 1
KY, Holmes Mill 5 Methane Explosion Methane gas exploded shortly after midnight during a maintenance shift at the Kentucky Darby Mine No. 1 in southeastern Kentucky. Five were killed, one survived the blast and made his way to the surface.
01/13/07 Brooks Run Mining Company
Cucumber Mine
WV, Cucumber 2 Roof Fall Two miners were fatally injured when a portion of the mine roof collapsed, pinning both individuals.
Genwal and Murray Energy Corp.
Crandall Canyon Mine
UT, Huntington 6
Collapse Six workers were trapped underground in a the Crandall Canyon coal mine after a roof collapse at 5:40am.  On August 16, 3 rescue workers were killed and 6 were injured during the rescue attempt.
08/10/07 Gibson County Coal, LLC
Gibson Mine
IN, Princeton 3 Fall of Persons At 10:43 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2007 an accident involving a fatal fall of persons occurred at the Gibson County Coal, LLC., Gibson Mine, North Portal 2 shaft sinking site, resulting in the deaths of two employees and one retired employee of Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc., an independent contractor.
04/05/10 Massey Energy Company
Upper Big Branch Mine
WV, Montcoal 29 Methane Explosion An explosion of unknown origin occurred at approx. 3pm on April 5th killing 29 miners.
04/28/10 Webster County Coal LLC
Dotiki Mine
KY, Nebo 2 Roof Fall While operating a continuous miner, two miners were killed in a roof fall accident.  The fall measured a maximum of 19'9" in width and 10 feet in height and 70-75 feet long.
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