Accidents involving serious personal injury and worker or citizen complaints are investigated promptly. The appropriate regulatory measures are taken to resolve or correct the problems.
Any SERIOUS INJURY or FATALITY taking place on a mine property must be reported whether related to the mining operation or not.
The report must be made directly to an employee of DMM. Messages. Voice mails, e-mails, etc. are not acceptable. When in doubt, call the DMM office or your mine inspector!
When do I need to contact DMM regarding a mining accident?
You must contact the Division of Mineral Mining (either the main office or mine inspector) by the quickest available means (most likely by telephone) whenever an accident occurs at a Virginia mineral mine property that involves a serious personal injury or death to any person. The accident scene must not be disturbed until after the Division conducts its investigation. You must also notify the Division immediately upon learning that a person injured at a Virginia mineral mine has been admitted to a hospital for medical treatment. If someone has a head injury and loses consciousness, then the Division must also be notified immediately.
What is a Serious Personal Injury?
The Mineral Mine Safety Act defines a serious personal injury as "any injury which has a reasonable potential to cause death or any injury other than a sprain or strain which requires an admission to a hospital for 24 hours or more for medical treatment."
Non-serious accidents or Medical Treatment
The Division of Mineral Mining (DMM) encourages you to use our electronic forms submittal system, DMM e-Forms Center. Also, non-serious accidents may be reported in paper. Our permitting forms are available here for downloading and printing. Printable forms should be mailed or faxed back to the Division. These forms may also be obtained by contacting us. See Contact Us for mailing address and phone numbers.
Here is a copy of DMM's accident form for your use.