Pop quiz: A team of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors arrive at a mine and introduce themselves to a security officer and mine foreman at the outside gate. The security officer announces on the mine phone that federal inspectors are on the property and asks the miners to “watch out and be careful.” The mine foreman then shuts down a conveyor belt from a switch in his office in order to ensure the inspectors’ safe passage through the area. Underground miners subsequently discuss the announcement of the inspectors’ presence on the mine phone. Who, if anyone, violated the Mine Act?
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Reprinted with permission from Coal Age Magazine.