DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Three companies face fines in the thousands in relation to the fatal Durham gas explosion on April 10, the Department of Labor announced Wednesday.
The explosion occurred after a gas line, located at 115 N Duke St., was cut by three Optic Cable Technology LLC employees.
Kong Lee, 61, was killed in the explosion. He was the owner of a coffee shop at the site of the explosion. A Dominion Gas employee injured in the April 10 blast died on April 25.
Twenty-five others were injured.
Optic Cable Technology Inc., the subcontractor performing the drilling was fined $14,000 for two alleged serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina.
PSNC Energy, or Dominion Energy in North Carolina, was fined $5,000 for one alleged serious violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina.
A $2,100 fine was levied against PS Splicing for one serious alleged violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina.
The maximum penalty for each serious violation is $7,000.
“The penalties are in no way designed to make up for loss of life,” the Department of Labor said in a release.
The companies cited have 15 working days from receipt of the citation to request an informal conference with the Labor Department, to file a notice of contest with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina (an independent board appointed by the governor to hear appeals of OSH citations), or to pay the penalty.
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