Workplace Safety ResourcesList of fatal US mine disasters in recent decades
By The Associated Press
Monday, April 5, 2010


A list of some recent fatal mine disasters in the United States:

2007: Six miners, three rescuers killed in collapses at the Crandall Canyon mine in Emery County, Utah, owned by a subsidiary of Murray Energy.

2006: 12 killed in a methane explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia owned by International Coal Group.

2006: Five killed in an explosion at the Kentucky Darby No. 1 Mine in Harlan County, Ky.

2001: 13 killed in explosions at a Jim Walter Resources Inc. mine in Brookwood, Ala.

1992: Eight killed in an explosion at a Southmountain Coal Co. mine in Norton, Va.

1989: 10 killed in an explosion at a Pyro Mining Co. mine in Wheatcroft, Ky.

1986: Five killed when a coal pile collapses at Consolidation Coal Co.'s mine in Fairview, W.Va.

1984: 27 killed by a fire at Emery Mining Corp.'s mine in Orangeville, Utah.

The nation's single deadliest mining disaster was in 1907, when 362 were killed in an explosion near Monongah, W.Va.

Source: AP archives, federal mining safety statistics.