Mining Disasters: 1839 to Present

DateMine NameCityStateKilledProductAccident TypeMine TypeMining Sector
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Note: A mining disaster is defined as an incident with 5 or more fatalities.

* More fatalities are shown than listed in the MSHA database due to the inclusion of federal inspector fatalities that are part of OSHA records.

** Subsequent incident occurred 8/16/2007 during the rescue efforts that claimed the lives of three rescue workers (including one MSHA employee).


Historical accident reports are available in the library archives at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy in Beckley, West Virginia. Please contact the MSHA Academy at 304-256-3266 or to check on the availability of a particular report. Visit MSHA's Home Page for recent mine accident reports.