Western Sugar seeks meeting following death, fines

By: AP
By: AP

Lovell, WY (AP) - Western Sugar is seeking an informal meeting with state regulators to review $71,000 in fines it faces for safety violations in connection with a death at the cooperative's Lovell facility.

Western Sugar's director of shareholder relations, Kent Wimmer, said Thursday the cooperative has requested an informal meeting to review the fines, but would not say whether it was seeking a reduction. The fines were imposed after an employee died in January after falling through a floor opening in the facility's beet wheel processing pit.

The Powell Tribune on Thursday quoted John Ysebaert, administrator of standards and compliance for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, as saying no date has been set for the meeting.

Western Sugar is owned by 1,200 sugar beet growers in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Nebraska.

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