A Brigham City company will appeeal a citation and $560 fine issued by the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division after a worker was crushed to death March 15 by tons of steel rods.

Richard Campbell, operations manager for the Vulcraft Division of Nucor Corp., said an informal meeting scheduled Thursday with state health and safety officials is a prelude to a formal challenge of the citation issued after Bryan Yantes, 27, of Mantua, was killed.

"We feel we have complied in full" with state standards, Campbell said.

UOSH investigator Steve Good said the 1-inch-diameter rods that fell on Yantes were stacked too high, creating great force on lower bundles that apparently broke the steel bands with which they were wrapped.

But Campbell said the regulation Good cited, which does not specify stack height, is vague.

Campbell also said no citation was issued after the state agency inspected the steel maker in December when the same stacking methods were in use.

Don Anderson, a Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division compliance supervisor, said Vulcraft was investigating to determine if the securing bands failed to meet the manufacturer's load ratings. If that were shown, the citation and fine could be vacated, Anderson said.

He said Vulcraft is building slanting racks for the rod bundles so they cannot roll and fall as they did in the March incident and on Oct. 20, 1987, when another Vulcraft worker, Jan C. Gray, 25, Brigham City, was killed.

Good said that Yantes, who was operating a hoist, had just put two of the three-ton bundles on a stack that was about 6 feet high when bands around a bundle on the bottom row broke, causing the bunch to collapse. Upper bundles then rolled off, hitting Yantes.