Safety Fine for Mine Collapse

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 04:09 PM gHale


An engineering firm will pay $100,000 in fines for safety violations stemming from a deadly Utah mine collapse, federal officials said.

This settlement with Grand Junction, CO-based Agapito Associates Inc. closes the book on the 2007 disaster at Crandall Canyon, UT, that killed nine miners and rescuers, said officials at the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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The operator of the mine paid a $949,000 settlement for safety violations about a year ago. Months earlier, Genwal Resources Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court in Salt Lake City to a pair of misdemeanors for violating safety standards. Genwal received a $500,000 fine.

Regulators said Genwal thinned a coal barrier that officials should have left standing to hold up the coal mine. Agapito received a citation for “high negligence” for giving its stamp of approval.

Agapito President and Chairman Michael P. Hardy was not immediately available for comment.



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