Pa. coal mine: $110K fine fault of 'rogue' worker
FRIEDENS, Pa. (AP) — Officials with a southwestern Pennsylvania coal mine say a $110,000 federal workplace safety fine for an electrical hazard is the fault of a "rogue" employee.
Rox Coal of Friedens received the fine, which was reduced from the original amount of $150,200 proposed by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Rox Coal's general counsel Lori Mason tells the (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/10YTvxd ) that the fine was reduced because the company acted in "good faith."
The federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, which reviewed the allegations, found that the company was "blind-sided" by the actions of the company's electrician who Mason said acted as a "rogue" employee and ignored his training.
That resulted in one worker being shocked while changing a fuse on a high-voltage switch house at the company's Geronimo Mine in October 2007.