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January 25, 2014

Winslow man faces federal mining charges

WINSLOW — An investigation by the Department of Labor, Mine Health and Safety Administration has resulted in federal charges being filed against a Pike County man.

The United States Attorney’s Office for Southern Indiana says Oril C. Dent, 66, Winslow, has been charged with preparing false safety training certifications required under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.

The Department of Labor claims that between October of 2011 and April of 2012, Dent operated a training business as an underground and surface coal mining safety instructor. During that time, he allegedly sold Mine Safety and Health Administration annual hazard certificates of training to coal hauling truck drivers who were required to receive annual hazard training, without providing any actual training to the drivers. Dent is accused of signing the certificates of training for the drivers affirming that safety training was provided when no actual training occurred.

Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health said, “Miner training is a bedrock principle of safe mining practices, and those who falsify training records will be held to account pursuant to the law.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger is prosecuting the case for the government says Dent faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Dent had an initial hearing in federal court on Friday and was released. No future court dates have been set.

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