Expedited Proceedings: Getting on the Fast Track to Court - Coal Age Magazine

    31 May 2008

    Scenario: Your mine has been issued a guarding citation that will require you to modify dozens of similar pieces of equipment at other locations throughout the mine. Not only will these equipment modifications be very costly, you feel they are unnecessary as the subject equipment has been that way for 30 years. The mine has never been issued a citation and no one has ever been hurt by the alleged “hazard.” The citation requires abatement in just a week and the inspector is not interested in conversations on the merit of the citation. Your request for a conference has been denied. You find the process of contesting citations is lengthy and you feel it won’t help you address this abatement issue fast enough. What to do?

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    Reprinted with permission from Coal Age Magazine