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Choctaw Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Taft Coal Sales & Associates Incorporated has been the current operator since 11/2/1998

    Year 103(j) 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(g)(1) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    2000 0 0 11 0 0 0 860.00 860.00 860.00
    2001 0 0 10 0 0 0 719.00 719.00 719.00
    2002 0 0 10 1 0 0 859.00 859.00 859.00
    2003 0 0 27 0 1 0 3,026.00 3,026.00 3,026.00
    2004 0 0 20 0 0 0 1,630.00 1,630.00 1,630.00
    2005 0 1 18 0 1 0 7,906.00 7,906.00 7,906.00
    2006 0 0 18 0 0 0 1,584.00 1,584.00 1,584.00
    2007 0 0 8 0 0 0 676.00 676.00 676.00
    2008 0 0 7 0 0 0 1,532.00 1,532.00 1,532.00
    2009 1 0 17 0 0 0 4,439.00 4,439.00 4,439.00
    2010 0 1 18 0 0 1 6,045.00 6,045.00 6,045.00
    2011 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.

    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Please Note: Taft Coal Sales & Associates Incorporated has been the current operator since 11/2/1998

    Year Fatal Operator
    Injuries
    NFDL Operator
    Injuries
    Fatal Contractor
    Injuries
    NFDL Contractor
    Injuries
    Operator Hours
    Worked*
    Coal
     Produced 
    (tons)
    Operator Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Operator NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    2000 0 0 0 0 89,780 397,135 0.00 0.00 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 0 0 1 116,187 511,231 0.00 0.00 0.0090 2.12
    2002 0 3 0 2 108,455 538,711 0.00 5.53 0.0180 2.29
    2003 0 2 0 0 112,776 544,219 0.00 3.55 0.0289 1.94
    2004 0 3 0 1 205,416 642,825 0.00 2.92 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 5 0 0 261,441 625,391 0.00 3.82 0.0028 1.50
    2006 0 3 0 0 271,439 621,630 0.00 2.21 0.0189 1.36
    2007 0 3 0 0 283,640 639,096 0.00 2.12 0.0194 1.39
    2008 0 0 0 2 266,440 642,109 0.00 0.00 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 0 0 2 277,549 646,010 0.00 0.00 0.0106 1.21
    2010 1 0 0 1 291,039 654,184 0.92 0.00 0.0073 1.10
    2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - -
    *   Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).
    ** Current rates are based on data available as of 2010 Quarter 3. For a further explanation, please see this.
  • MSHA Data


  • 2009 Sales to Power Plants

    NameControllerOperatorLocationTons Purchased
    E C GastonSouthern CoAlabama Power CoShelby County, AL90106
    Georgia Pacific Naheola MillGeorgia PacificGeorgia PacificChoctaw County, AL71125
  • Production

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    REPORT OF INVESTIGATION, Fatal Ignition or Explosion Accident, Choctaw Mine

    January 4, 2011

    MSHA has released the final report on their investigation to the death of Phillip Wade Gustafson on June 8, 2010 at the Choctaw Mine in Parrish, Alabama. During the refueling of a surface drill with diesel, an explosion engulfed Gustafson and the drill and in spite of the best efforts of nearby drivers and rescue staff, Gustafson was pronounced dead on arrival at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. Gustafson was a fuel truck driver with the mine for approximately eight years.

    The investigating team determined that the most likely cause of the explosion was a small fuel spill while refueling which came into contact with the turbocharger for the drill’s motor. MSHA has recommended an updated protocol which requires drill equipment to be turned off and allowed to cool before refueling.

    Read report at http://www.msha.gov/FATALS/2010/FTL10c37.asp

    Alabama coal miner killed in surface explosion

    June 10, 2010

    Phillip W. Gustafson, 38, was killed in an explosion at the surface of the Choctaw Mine. He was fueling a blast hole drill rig when an explosion engulfed him in flames. He was airlifted to a hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. Gustafson was the 37th coal miner to be killed on the job in the United States in 2010.

    Read article at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2010/06/10/alabama-coal-miner-killed-in-surface-explosion/

    Read preliminary report from MSHA here.

  • News
  • Master Inspection List, Targeted Enforcement, Nov 2010

    A list of the mines inspected and citations issued in the November 2010 push by MSHA to reinspect mines with a pattern of violations.

    Coal mines included on the list were:

    /documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-nov-2010

  • Documents