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.
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.