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Mine officials to allow full access to inspectors

FARGO (AP) - A North Dakota company has agreed to let federal inspectors have unfettered access to a sand and gravel mine that is the subject of workplace safety complaints.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Jamestown-based Northern Excavating Co. last month accusing the company of hindering inspection efforts.

Court documents say workers have complained to the Mine Safety and Health Administration about the lack of protective equipment and other violations.

An order signed Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson says the company reserves its right to challenge any citations, but its business manager will remain inside the office or leave the premises during any inspections.

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