With all that Congress and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have done to ratchet up safety enforcement and penalties, you’ve probably thought about one of the worst-case legal scenarios: that MSHA will decide to go after you or other individuals in management, personally, for safety violations. After all, under the Mine Act, MSHA can refer individual corporate agents for criminal prosecution resulting in penalties of up to $250,000 and/or one year in prison for the first offense. In addition, MSHA has the authority to issue personal, civil fines against individual corporate agents for alleged knowing or willful violations.
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Reprinted with permission from Aggregates Manager