The fines for violations certainly is not a deterent . It's a bloody joke.
"Small Mine Development received 55 citations from the agency for safety violations at the Getchell mine from January 2007 to early April 2008. Of those, 18 were classified as "serious and substantial." Fines for all the citations total ed less than $10,000.
11 times for poor ground support. All but two of those violations were considered serious. None, however, was categorized as "willful." For that reason, the mine avoided a closure order."