"Big Indian" Eddie K. spent time for the things he did. Many MSHA inspectors were on the take and I was happy to pay them for not nit-picking my operation out of existance. I would do the same again and told the marshalls in my home that I would not hesitate to pay an inspector who asked.I think several of you folks got it right. I do belive that epitapher has worked in the mines or is a mine owner. I to belive that MSHA is trying to shut the mines down. Look at the Administrator Joe Main where did he come from UMWA need I say more. And msha inspector that is posting on here where did the mine act of 69 ammended 77 give or 30 cfr give you the right to not cite ever violation of part 30cfr. you show a ip address of Kimper. do you work out of the Phelps office for James Hager? Now I will take you folks back to the early 1990 remember the inspectors that went to jail for taking bribes out of the Pikeville Feild Office you should to name a few John Banks, A Crum and ever mine owner down there should remember big Ed the electrical inspector I could go on how ever I figure enough said about the past. Now MSHA hires people that have little or no experance because an inspector doesn't have to be a coal miner they are not classed as such and all they need to know is the regulation that relate to coal mineing. now for the place up at Beckely it is used to park officals that let things happen in their districts and such. hope this helps and o yes to the person that stated you see more when you crawl it true. I will say this never trust in your locale inspector keep notes on him and let him know you keep notes he will keep them on you and will use them on you also. when he gets his note pad out you do the same. it will chill the shi* in him ever time you do.
The Phelps office spawned a devil of an inspector who wanted to be called Tommy. Remember him? I know a man who was nit-picked out of work because he couldn't find a coal haul for two boys. Remember them?
Jessie Cole was a 'piece of work' that got transferred as a token gesture to several families who lost family members out West in a mine fire. One of the victims was a woman.
Elaine Chao's report will forever be a testament to the failures of management in MSHA's ranks.
I have known a few qualified MSHA inspectors, but they had mining experience to help if something happened where they were. The last ones I know have never worked a day underground. It's frustrating.
At least MESA relied on the industry for their inspectors. The department of labor is incapable of a balanced program.