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Mine Accidents: Home

About Mine Accidents

Mining has always been a dangerous activity. This Guide will help you identify information about mine accidents, and historic mine disasters and the people involved. Some of these resources are not scholarly or peer-reviewed, but they can provide leads and help further your research. 

Publications, Safety & Prevention

Illustration of miner being caught by a slab fallYou can find a number of publications on the technical aspects, training efforts, and forensic work involved in mine accidents, as well as the impacts on communities, labor, and the mining industries. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines and provides assistance and training (see MSHA's "Fatalgrams"). 

To find books, articles, and government publications from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA and others; and Fatalgram illustrations:

Bureau of Mines (Mining Bureau), State of Colorado

Mine Disasters & Events


Resources to look for -- 

  • Annual or biennial reports from a state agency that oversees mining, for example a bureau of mines, department of mining and minerals, etc. These publications often contain annual lists of fatalities and descriptions of accidents.
  • State offices of vital records or public health -- for death certificates, cause of death
  • State, regional or local historical societies and archives; commemorative organizations; memorials
  • Local genealogy societies, genealogy websites

Specific resources -- 

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