Jason Jones, 31 of Boise, was sentenced yesterday for forging safety documents. In June 2011, Jones, the safety officer and trainer for Western Construction, Inc., provided to a federal mine inspector documents purporting that six miners working at a mine in Grandview, Idaho, had received annual refresher training.

Jones had forged each of the six miners’ names on the documents. Jones later admitted forging the miners’ signatures on the documents and providing them to the inspector. Federal law requires every miner working in surface sand, gravel, and stone mines to complete eight hours of annual refresher training.

“Mining is an inherently dangerous occupation,” said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. “Training plays a big role in preventing fatal and non-fatal accidents and hazards. The court’s sentence today recognizes this and sends a message to everyone that cutting corners is unacceptable.”

Jones has been sentenced to two years probation and a $500 fine for the felony offense of submitting false documents to the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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Adams Thermal Systems

May 6, 2012

Adams Thermal Systems has been labeled a “severe violator” by federal safety regulators following a fatal accident last year and two other serious injuries since 2004

In addition to the monetary penalty, OSHA will step up unannounced inspections at Adams Thermal, and an ongoing investigation into Larry Kinzer’s death there in November could result in the OSHA solicitor recommending criminal charges, DOL Scott Allen said.