Collecting Mine Safety Fines

Today’s post was shared by US Dept. of Labor and comes from

American drivers understand that if they go over the speed limit and receive a ticket from a police officer, they must pay the fine that has been issued, or their driver’s license will be suspended. The laws for drivers, and the consequences of not paying fines, are clear to all.

America’s mine operators also operate under a set of well-known laws. The federal Mine Act is straightforward on enforcement matters: Inspectors conduct mandated annual inspections and issue citations for safety and health violations, which carry a monetary penalty. The payment of these fines is required by law, and funds go to the U.S. Treasury.

These penalties are an important reminder of the need to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for America’s miners. When penalties are assessed, full and timely payment of fines must be a routine matter for all mine operators — just as it is for drivers who violate the rules of the road.

As the Assistant Secretary of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), it is my job to promote safe and healthy workplaces, and help prevent mining accidents, illnesses, and injury for the more than 300,000 men and women who work in our nation’s mines. Mine operators must pay the safety and health fines they have been issued by MSHA, as required by the law.

The great majority of mine operators are serious in their approach to safety responsibilities. They maintain safe working conditions, correct problems, and pay their…

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