Mine Worker Indicted For False Safety Records

A Muhlenberg County mine worker has been indicted for allegedly falsifying safety records. U. S. District Attorney John Kuhn says Daniel Couch Jr., who was Chief Maintenance at Paradise #9, was supposed to make weekly inspections of the electric equipment but did not the week of May 1-7. A U,S. Inspector did his own check on May 17 and found no fire suppression checks had occurred, but that the record book noted one.

Couch was also indicted for Knowingly Making a False Statement to an Inspector of the United States Department of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Administration, by stating that he had been underground and had made an inspection on the belt drive. If convicted, Couch could face no more than 5 years in prison. He has not yet been arrested and Kuhn says Couch’s whereabouts are unknown.

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