Punish Those Guilty Of Mine Safety Fraud

Mine health and safety investigators are receiving practical training in a variety of skills this week – from the FBI. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 18 of its inspectors are involved in the special course.

It covers skills such as photographing accident scenes and packaging evidence – but part of the course involves “dealing with false or altered records,” according to The Associated Press.

That’s right: MSHA investigators are being taught what to do about attempts to cover up the causes of mine accidents.

During the past few years, federal and state inspectors have uncovered several cases of fraud involving mine safety – some at sites where fatal accidents occurred.

Let’s hope the FBI training helps them spot more dishonesty – and that federal prosecutors seek harsh punishment for those guilty of lying about mine safety.