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MSHA WINS COURT INJUNCTION AGAINST GRAVEL-MINE OPERATORS

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The U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration has obtained a permanent court injunction against Glenn Hughes and Scott Hughes, doing business as Lakeview Rock Products, 900 N. Redwood Road, for hindering an investigation.

Administration officials said the two agreed to the judgment, which prohibits them from denying authorized MSHA representatives from entering their sand and gravel mining operation and preventing them from hindering MSHA representatives in carrying out provisions of the Mine Safety and Health Act.The suit was filed last month in U.S. District Court for Utah following a series of alleged physical and verbally abusive acts by the two men against MSHA inspectors attempting to conduct a regularly scheduled inspection of the mine operation.

Signed by Judge J. Thomas Green, the consent judgment prohibits the two defendants from participating in any inspections conducted by MSHA. A person representing the two men will be allowed to accompany the inspection.

The defendants also will pay for the cost of U.S. marshals who will accompany the inspectors when they conduct inspections and will continue that activity until they believe the safety of the inspectors won't be jeopardized by the situation at the mine.