Failing to perform a pre-shift safety examination is going to cost a Massey Energy subsidiary $50,000.
U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Junior imposed that fine on Massey's White Buck Coal Company Wednesday.
White Buck had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of willfully violating a mandatory safety standard by failing to perform a pre-shift examination at the Grassy Creek Number One mine in Nicholas County just over five years ago.
Copenhaver also ordered White Buck to certify daily that pre-shift examinations are performed and report to the court quarterly during one year of probation.
Copenhaver rejected a request by White Buck's lawyer, Robert Luskin, for a fine in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.