Deserado Mine Operator Cited For Workers Death

The operator of the Deserado mine near Rangely has received a citation for a safety violation related to the worker who died at the mine in August. 32-year-old Jason Stevens of Vernal Utah was killed after a trough, a container used to clean coal, fell on him and crushed his body. According to the investigative report from the Mine Safety Health Administration, Blue Mountain Energy, the company that operates the mine, did not ensure that machinery or materials Stevens was working on were secured prior to the work being performed. The Mine Safety Health Administration deemed this to be a significant and substantial risk, which means the violation contributed to a safety hazard likely to result in a serious injury. The safety administration has not yet determined what fines or penalties Blue Mountain Energy may face. The report states that Blue Mountain has instituted additional safeguards and training since the accident occurred, in order to ensure incidents of this nature do not happen in the future.

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