Western Sugar co-op cited over workplace fatality

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has cited the Western Sugar Cooperative with 12 violations stemming from a workplace fatality that occurred at its facility in Lovell in January.

The department on Thursday proposed a fine of $71,000 after 28-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 when she fell into equipment that uses water to carry and wash sugar beets before processing.

The state agency said Thursday adequate guarding around floor openings might have prevented the woman's death.

The cooperative has 15 days to comply or challenge the rulings.

A spokesman for the Denver-based cooperative did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Authorities said no tainted sugar or molasses meant for human consumption was distributed after the accident.

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