|Current Penalties ($)||Amount Paid
To Date ($)
|Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.|
* Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).|
** Current rates are based on data available as of 2009 Quarter 4. For a further explanation, please see this.
|Chalk Point LLC||Mirant Corp||Mirant Corp||Prince Georges County, MD||19119|
June 22, 2011
Luke W. Pugh has been sentenced to a year in jail plus three years of supervised release after admitting lying about being qualified to conduct coal mine safety inspections. Pugh conducted almost 400 such inspections between June 18, 2007 and April 28, 2009 while employed at the Pleasant Hill Mine near Mill Creek, WV.
In a separate case, Chad J. Ferrell was sentenced to five years of probation after admitting that he lied about being certified to conduct safety inspections. Ferrell conducted 489 inspections from Sept 15, 2009 to June 5, 2009 at the Poplar Ridge #1 Deep Mine near Sutton, WV.
Read article at http://wowktv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=101922
February 17, 2011
MSHA has announced the results of the January 2011 impact inspections. The inspections, which are the result of stepped-up enforcement of safety as a result of the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010, issued a total of 208 citations and seven orders to the fifteen coal mines on the list.
MSHA was especially critical of the conditions it found in the RB 12 Mine controlled by Manalapan Mining. Inspectors found three defective gas detectors, two gas detectors that were turned off and had dead batteries, and one gas detector that was used for a pre-shift inspection was completely turned off during the inspection (when turned on it was found to be defective). Inspectors also found several electrocution hazards, that ribs and supports were not in proper condition creating a roof-collapse risk, and coal dust along a conveyor had accumulated causing an explosion risk. RB-12 was issued a total of 27 citations and orders; two other Manalapan mines were inspected resulted in 21 citations and 11 citations respectively.
Read press release at http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2011/NR110216.pdf and analysis of the report by Ken Ward, Jr. at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2011/02/17/the-latest-results-of-msha-impact-inspections/ See the master inspection list at http://coaldiver.org/documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-jan-2011
December 15, 2010
In the wake of last week’s revelation that a mine foreman at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine used a forged forman’s certification for 228 inspections, Ken Ward Jr. has uncovered a disturbing number of other instances of forged foreman card’s at Massey mines. Included in the list are:
Read article at http://wvgazette.com/News/201012150673