Lack of Training, Failure to Abide by Standards Leads to $304K Proposed Penalties for Utah-Based Company

OSHA cited the company following the death of two workers who were buried by coal.

A lack of employee training and not abiding by standards have resulted in citations for three violations and proposed penalties of $304,000 for one Utah-based company.

According to a news release, OSHA initiated an investigation after two workers, employed by Savage Services Corp., died at a site in Pueblo, Colorado. In June 2022, the two workers, along with a third, wanted to ensure that a coal pile was going into a feeder below, so they climbed on the pile, but it shifted. The two workers died after becoming buried in the coal, but the third worker was not injured.

After the investigation found a lack of not following standards and worker training, OSHA proposed citations for two willful violations and one serious violation and proposed penalties of $304,556.

In 2020, another worker at a Savage Services Corp. worksite became stuck when a pile of coal fell onto the bulldozer they were in, according to the news release. Luckily, they evaded death when they were rescued after an hour.

"A near-tragedy at another Savage Services Corp. facility in 2020 made the company acutely aware of the serious hazards for those working around coal piles and yet, two workers’ families, friends and co-workers are now left to grieve," said OSHA Area Director Chad Vivian in Englewood, Colorado, in the news release. "With legally required standard safety practices in place and training provided, the company could have prevented this terrible incident."

About the Author

Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Hand Safety Program

    Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident worldwide. In REThinking Hand Safety, the most comprehensive book on hand safety, you'll learn how top companies have reduced hand injuries by up to 90% and what the most successful hand safety programs have in common. Get your free copy today!

  • Free 1-on-1 Consultations

    Is your company ready to reduce hand injuries? Schedule a free meeting with a Superior Glove hand safety expert and learn how to reduce hand injuries, lower PPE costs, and increase worker productivity. Our 1-on-1 consultations offer personalized advice and recommendations for your specific needs and concerns.

  • Glove 101 Guide

    Choosing the right safety gloves for your workers can be a daunting task. That’s where some basic knowledge of gloves can really come in handy! In this comprehensive guide you’ll find key information you need to know about safety gloves from types of gloves and materials to additives, treatments, safety standards, and more.

  • Sample Program

    Find the right safety gloves for your team and try before you buy—in just 3 easy steps! Simply add the products you want to try to your sample box, complete the sample request form, and wait for your samples to arrive at no cost to you.

  • Water Protection Product Guide

    Find the right safety gloves for your workers that are designed to protect in wet environments. From light and flexible to heavy duty, find the best water-resistant gloves with mechanical protection to safeguard workers.

  • Superior Glove

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2022

    November December 2022

    Featuring:

    • IH: GAS DETECTION
      The Evolution of Gas Detection
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2022
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Enhance Your Fall Protection Program with Technology
    • 90TH ANNIVERSARY
      The Future: How Safety WIll Continue to Evolve
    View This Issue