Federal judge forces MSHA inspection
A North Dakota sand and gravel mine is being forced by a federal judge to allow MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) inspectors full access after workplace safety complaints were filed.
Last month Aggregates Manager reported that the mine was refusing an inspection and had turned away inspectors several times.
Court documents show workers have complained about the lack of protective equipment among other violations.
The federal judge said the company, Northern Excavating, is prohibited from “interfering with, hindering or delaying” the work of federal inspectors. The company is free to contest the citations already issued or additional citations issued in the future.
The business manager of the mine must either remain inside his office or leave the premises during the inspection.
MSHA strongly believes frequent inspections make mines safer for everyone at the workplace.
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