OSHA fines construction companies in Connecticut plant explosion

Yesterday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced proposed fines of $16.6 million against the 3 construction companies and 14 contractors involved in the February 7th plant explosion at Kleen Energy Systems LLC in Middletown, Connecticut.

The workplace accident at the power plant construction site killed 6 workers and injured 50.  The accident occurred while the company attempted to clear a supply pipe of debris using flammable natural gas.

The fines come as a result of 371 accusations of workplace safety violations, including 225 considered to be willful. ¬†Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stated, “No operation and no deadline is worth cutting corners and costing a single human life”.