An MSHA inspector talks of “smothering” a mine foreman “with paper” and proceeds to issue a series of S&S citations with penalties of almost $50,000. It turns out that 20 years ago, both the inspector and the foreman had worked together at another mine. The inspector was then a miner and the foreman was his shift superintendent.

Way back then, the now-foreman had disciplined and suspended the now-MSHA inspector. Apparently, the inspector never forgot. The Judge called the inspector’s citations an “abuse of position,” issued against a “backdrop of animus.” What became of the citations, and what should you do in a similar situation? Read more here.