Federal judge orders Colorado mining company to ban owner from worksite until he completes required safety training

Duckels Construction Inc. owner posed safety hazards, injured employee

Employers:      Duckels Construction Inc., Fred Duckels, owner

Actions:           U.S. Mine Safety and Health Act consent order and judgment

Court:               U.S. District Court of Colorado

Investigation findings: On Oct. 13, 2023, Judge John L. Kane entered an agreed consent order and judgment requiring Duckels Construction Inc. to prevent owner Fred Duckels from entering the mining site permanently until he completes and provides proof of mandatory safety training. After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, the mine owner was ordered to stay away from the Steamboat Springs mining site after MSHA learned he had failed to comply with mandatory safety training. Despite the order, Duckels continued to work at the mine and was involved in several near misses and reportedly injured a worker with an excavator.

Quote: “Miners already face many life-threatening hazards in addition to operators refusing to comply with federal requirements,” said Regional Solicitor John Rainwater in Denver. “The U.S. Department of Labor will continue to hold operators accountable and ensure that all federal safety requirements — including completing required training — are met.”

U.S. Department of Labor v. Duckels Construction Inc., Fred Duckels 

Case number 1:23-cv-02248


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U.S. DOT Invests Nearly $15 Million to Improve Pipeline Safety

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it is awarding $14.8 million in grants to fund projects and activities to improve pipeline safety. These grants will support important pipeline safety training and educational programs, as well as the advancement of pipeline safety technologies. Recipients include state pipeline safety programs; state One-Call and damage prevention centers; community and non-profit organizations; and six universities.

“To ensure the safety of the world’s largest pipeline system—we need every level of government and the non-profit sector working to mitigate risk,” said PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown. “These grants will provide states, non-profits, first responders and academic institutions with the resources necessary to better protect the public.”

PHMSA is awarding grants for five of its programs across the country, including:

  • $1.1 million in One-Call Grants to provide funding to state agencies in promoting damage prevention, including changes with their state underground damage prevention laws, related compliance activities, training, and public education.
  • $1.5 million in State Damage Prevention Program Grants for states to establish or improve state programs designed to prevent damage to underground pipelines.

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CVSA Receives $5 Million State CMV Enforcement Training and Support Grant

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On Jan. 3, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it awarded CVSA with a $5 million Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Enforcement Training and Support Grant/Cooperative Agreement to train and certify law enforcement individuals to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety activities, such as inspections, investigations, audits, traffic enforcement, etc.

Through this cooperative agreement, CVSA will develop and deliver high-quality motor carrier safety training to its state and local partners. Building on FMCSA’s current instructor pool and course and testing materials, CVSA will expand and deliver a comprehensive suite of certification and non-certification training courses, leveraging existing content and partnering with issue-specific industry leaders.

As the organization that currently develops and maintains all non-regulatory elements of the roadside North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA has, for decades, been responsible for developing training, tools and equipment used in the roadside inspection process. Not only is CVSA the author of materials upon which the roadside inspection program is based, CVSA is also directly involved in the creation and production of training content already used by FMCSA’s National Training Center.

As a result, CVSA has the infrastructure and resources available to provide training and education to the inspectors and local agencies that focus on commercial motor vehicle inspections and regulatory enforcement. CVSA also has a skilled team in place that has extensive inspection and enforcement experience, technical abilities and subject matter expertise to effectively deliver the required training.

CVSA pursued this grant opportunity because we believe we possess the knowledge and ability to deliver high-quality training that will give jurisdictions assurance and confidence that their inspectors and enforcement personnel have the necessary training they need to effectively enforce the regulations consistently and uniformly – a mission and priority for the Alliance.

As the organization whose members serve as the first line of defense in reducing crashes and saving lives by performing commercial motor vehicle safety inspections, CVSA shares FMCSA’s commitment to providing jurisdictions with the tools to succeed and supports its mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The Alliance thanks FMCSA for this opportunity and for its consideration and selection.


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International trucker safety training expands with refresher course

Program allows qualified drivers in Mexico to keep knowledge up-to-date

PHOENIX – Two years after launching a first-of-its-kind truck safety training program for drivers and companies in Mexico, the Arizona Department of Transportation has added refresher instruction for those who have been through the program.

ADOT launched the International Border Inspection Qualification in 2017 by sending trained officers from commercial ports of entry into Mexico to provide instruction, in Spanish, on safety regulations. The goals: reducing violations that can lead to delays for truckers from Mexico and making state highways safer by allowing ADOT officers to focus on vehicles needing the most attention.

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