Inspections by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are as inevitable as death and taxes. If you operate a mine in this country, MSHA inspectors will spend a lot of time on your property. While most inspectors are civil and many promote safety, even while undertaking enforcement actions, there are times when MSHA crosses the line from what’s authorized by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act to an outrageous abuse of authority. This article addresses what can be done if an inspector crosses that line and MSHA management refuses to solve the problem, a situation that seems more common today than ever before.
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Reprinted with permission from Coal Age Magazine.