Massey Subsidiary Fined $50,000

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.

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