Monday, May 24, 2010

OSHA fines three companies for fatal pipeline explosion in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied fines totaling $108,000 against three companies in connection with a pipeline explosion that killed one man and injured three others in 2009 in Smith County, Mississippi.
The explosion occurred on July 15 along Smith County Road 99 near Sylvarena, Miss.
Workers were using nitrogen to pressure-test the pipeline. During the tests, something caused the line to explode, officials said. OSHA said the lid on the separator where the pipes attached flew off, throwing portions of the massive pipe into the air.
James Lee Candler, 40, of Sulphur, La., was killed during the explosion.
OSHA fined Mustang Engineering $65,000; Grand Bluff Construction Co., of Beckville, Texas, $38,500; and Priority Energy Services of Chicago. $4,9000.

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