Metal/Nonmetal Mining Disasters: 1869 to Present

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Information for historical mine disasters was obtained from the following publications:

  • Bureau of Mines I.C. 7493, Major Disasters at Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Quarries in the United States (Excluding Coal Mines)
  • Historical Summary of Mine Disasters in the United States, Volume III, Metal and Nonmetal Mines, 1885-1998 (MSHA)
  • Mine Disasters, OT 32, 2000 (MSHA)
  • 1998-present, MSHA Fatalgrams and Fatality Reports
  • Newspaper article citations from the archives at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy Library, Beckley, West Virginia (Historical Mining Disasters by Jane DeMarchi)

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. 

Page last reviewed: 1/13/2017 Page last updated: 1/3/2013