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Division of Mine Safety
Kentucky Coal Mine Fatal Accident Reports

The following list provides data for mining fatalities which took place from 2006 through 2017

2017 Fatal Accidents

Date
Victim
Company/Mine Name
 
District
Type Accident
​01/26/2017 ​Ray Hatfield, Jr. ​R & C Coal, LLC, Mine No. 2 ​Pikeville ​Powered Haulage
03/30/2017 ​Joseph W. Partin ​Green Hill Mining, Inc. GHM #51 ​Barbourville Fall of Highwall

2016 Fatal Accidents

Date
Victim
Company/Mine Name
 
District
Type Accident
01/19/2016 ​Nathan Phillips
Webster County Coal, LLC, Dotiki Mine
​Madisonville ​Machinery
03/25/2016 ​Mark Frazier Lone Mountain Processing, LLCHuff Creek No.1 Mine ​Harlan Fall of Roof / Rib

2015 Fatal Accidents

Date
Victim
Company/Mine Name
 
District
Type Accident
05/28/2015 ​Roy Mullins Apex Energy, Inc.No.11 Allen Brach Job Pikeville Machinery
09/16/2015 ​Rickey A. Thorpe Sebree Mining, LLC, Onton #9 ​Madisonville Machinery

2014 Fatal Accidents

Date
Victim
Company/Mine Name
 
District
Type Accident
10/07/2014 ​Justin M. Mize ​Commonwealth Mining, LLC. Tinsley Branch HWM ​Barbourville ​Fall of Roof / Highwall
12/06/2014 ​Eli Eldridge ​Highland Mining Company, LLC. Highland 9 ​Madisonville Machinery

2013 Fatal Accidents

Date
Victim
Company/Mine Name
 
District
Type Accident
01/26/2013 ​Jerry A. Watts ​T & T Energy, LLC / Begley No. 1 ​Barbourville ​Struck By
​08/06/2013 ​Lenny D. Gilliam ​Lone Mountain Processing, Inc. / Huff Creek 1 ​Harlan ​Coal Outburst

2012 Fatal Accidents 

Date
Victim
Company/Mine Name
 
District
Type Accident
03/03/2012 ​James A. Bailey ​Parton Bros. Contracting Inc./Timber Tree No. 9 ​Harlan ​Struck By
06/25/2012 ​Farley Sargent ​McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. / Mine No. 23 ​Pikeville Rib Roll

2011 Fatal Accidents 

Date

Victim

Company/Mine Name

District

Type Accident

03/25/2011

Robert L. Cook

Matrix Energy, LLC / No. 1

Martin

Machinery

06/29/2011 ​David A. Partin ​Manalapan Mining / P1 ​Harlan ​Fall of Roof / Rib
07/11/2011 ​Ryan K. Thatcher ​Martin County Coal Corp. / Voyager No. 7 ​Martin ​Machinery
10/07/2011 ​Richard Coots ​Owlco Energy, LLC / No. 1 ​Hazard ​Machinery
10/28/2011

​Samuel Lindsey
Darrel Winstead

​Armstrong Coal Co. Inc. / Equality ​Madisonville ​Highwall Failure
11/07/2011 ​Jerry Britton ​Hubble Mining Co. Inc. / #9 Mine ​Hazard ​Machinery
11/14/2011 ​David J. Middleton ​Nally & Hamilton Enterprises Inc. / Mill Br. ​Harlan ​Machinery

2010 Fatal Accidents

Date

Victim

Company/Mine Name

District

Type Accident

01/22/2010

Travis Brock

Bledsoe Coal Corp. / Abner Branch Rider

Barbourville

Fall of Roof / Rib

04/28/2010

Michael Carter
Justin Travis

Webster County Coal / Dotiki Mine

Madisonville

Fall of Roof / Rib

06/16/2010

Jimmy Carmack

Lone Mountain Process / Clover Fork No. 1

Harlan

Fall of Roof / Rib

06/24/2010 Bobby Smith Leeco Inc. / 68 (67) Hazard Machinery
10/27/2010 James Falk River View Coal LLC / River View Madisonville Machinery / Struck By
11/23/2010 Rhett Mosley Rex Coal Co. Inc. / Rex Strip Harlan Haulage

 2009 Fatal Accidents

Date

Victim

Company/Mine Name

District

Type Accident

05/21/2009 

Jeremy Stewart

J & A Mining Inc. / Mine No. 2

Hazard

Haulage

06/09/2009

Wilson Meade

D & C Mining Corp. / Mine No. 1

Harlan

Machinery / struck by

12/12/2009 

Stevie Johnson

Premier Elkhorn / Job 40

Pikeville

Surface haulage

12/16/2009 

Phillip Newton

Sapphire Coal Co. / Sandlick II

Hazard

Fall of roof

 

2008 Fatal Accidents

Date

Victim

Company/Mine Name

District

Type Accident

01/08/2008

Roy D. Sturgill

Cumberland River Coal Co. Inc. / Blue Ridge Mine

Hazard

Surface Haulage

06/03/2008

William Scott Hill

Premier Elkhorn Coal Co. / Mine No. 49

Pike

Timber Cutting

07/17/2008

Joseph Roberts

Century Operations Butcher Branch Mine

Harlan

Machinery

09/19/2008

Harold Lee Graham

ICG Hazard LLC / Job 0130 Mac & Nellie Mine

Hazard

Machinery

10/22/2008

Rodney K. Blevins

A M & E Coal Inc./ Mine No. 1

Hazard

Machinery

12/07/2008

Paul Shepherd

ICG Hazard LLC / Job 24 Thunder Ridge Mine

Barbourville

Machinery

12/11/2008

Timothy Ross Albright

Warrior Coal LLC / Cardinal Mine

Madisonville

Machinery

 

2007 Fatal Accidents

Date

Victim

Company/Mine Name

District

Type Accident

03/12/2007 

Charles I. Griffith

Double E Augering Inc.

Pikeville

Machinery

07/16/2007

Bobby Messer

CAM Mining LLC  No. 1

Pikeville

Blasting

 

 2006 Fatal Accidents

Date

Victim

Company/Mine Name

District

Type Accident

01/10/2006

Cornelius Yates

Maverick Mining Co. LLC.

Pikeville

Roof Fall

01/23/2006

James D. Thornsbury

Sassy Coal Co. Inc.

Pikeville

Haulage (Truck)

02/16/2006

Timothy W. Caudill

Perry County Coal Corp.

Hazard

Roof Fall

04/20/2006

David Chad Bolen

Tri Star Coal LLC.

Pikeville

Roof Fall

04/21/2006

Rick McKnight

Lone Mt. Processing

Harlan

Machinery

 

 05/20/2006

Amon Brock
Jimmy Lee
Roy Middleton
George W. Petre
Paris Thomas, Jr.

 

Kentucky Darby

 

Harlan

 

Methane Explosion

05/23/2006

Steven T. Bryant

Miller Bros. Coal, LLC.

Martin

Haulage (Truck)

07/17/2006

Jason Mosley

Hendrickson Equipment Inc. Smith Branch No. 1

Hazard

High Wall Failure

07/20/2006

John May Jr.

CAM Mining LLC. Slate Branch

Pikeville

Machinery

10/06/2006

Joe B. Seay

D&R Coal Inc. Mine No. 2

Barbourville

Roof Fall

11/04/2006

Tony Swiney

McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. No. 23

Pikeville

Power Haulage

 


 

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