State OSHA fines Fresno County for gas pipeline explosion

Oct 30th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Natural Gas Leaks

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By - Associated Press – Thursday, October 29, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining Fresno County more than $100,000 for its role in a natural gas line explosion that killed a Fresno County Jail inmate worker.

The April 17 blast occurred when an employee was using the front-loader to build a dirt berm to confine gunfire a Fresno County Sheriff’s Foundation shooting range. The explosion sent flames towering over a nearby highway and warped 400 feet of nearby railway line, shutting down both. Jeremiah Espino was killed in the blast and 12 others were injured.The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that the county disagrees with the state’s claims that officials failed to inform workers of the hazard presented by an underground line at the site. County officials say they will be appealing the $101,125 fine.

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