A spokesperson for US Attorney R Booth Goodwin confirmed for ILN Monday that Jeffrey Potter, 45, had pleaded guilty in September to falsely completing and signing an MSHA form 5000-23 indicating he had provided refresher training for a driver when in fact he had not.
Potter, who was working for Kirk Trucking Company, was sentenced to three years probation and fined $US2500 last Thursday for the September 2007 incident, which violated the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, or Mine Act. The US Department of Labor and Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.
Kirk Trucking provided trucking services to the Legacy Resources’ Synergy Surface Mine No. 1 operation in Boone County.
“Federal laws imposed to protect the safety of coal miners, drivers and other mine workers are essential to minimizing the risk of injury to those workers who depend on the industry to support their families,” Goodwin said.
“This case is indicative of our commitment to prosecuting those who choose to disregard and violate any provision of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.”
Mine Safety and Health Administration assistant secretary Joseph Main added, “This prosecution serves to reinforce the important role that miner training plays in keeping truck drivers and other miners safe; untrained miners are a danger to themselves and to those working around them.”