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Another Settlement Reached in Canyon Mine Collapse

David Turnbull3 years ago

According to KSL, the consultants involved in the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse have been fined $100,000 after it was determined the company's engineering analysis contributed to the tragic accident that ended in nine deaths.

About the Crandall Canyon Mine Collapse

  • A $100,000 fine was placed against Agapito Associates Inc. by the U.S. Department of Labor for “high negligence” in a coal mining collapse incident in Crandall Canyon. 
  • On August 6, 2007, six miners were killed when the mine collapsed due to poor mine design and unsafe dimensions of roofing pillars placed by Agapito’s pre-construction engineering analysis.
  • Additionally on August 16, 2007, three were killed during rescue efforts.

Latest of Three Prolonged Settlements

  • In 2012, Genwal Resources and Andalex Resources Inc. paid $950,000 for safety violations involved with Crandall Canyon.
  • An additional $500,000 was paid by Genwal Resources for willful violation of mandatory health and safety standards. 
  • According to Joseph A. Main, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, “high negligence” was determined on a basis of “actions beyond mere missteps” due to both industry and regulatory oversight upon miner safety.
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