OSHA Lowers Fines Levied Over Fatal Explosion in Mountain Home

JULY 7, 2005 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has agreed to lower the fines levied against the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative over an explosion that killed three people.

The federal safety agency originally issued the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative citations for three serious violations, but has dropped two and downgraded the third violation.

The utility will pay $4,900 for the changed violation, which states insufficient employee training.  OSHA had originally fined the utility $14,700.

The three workers were killed as they were preparing to move a regulator from a substation on Arkansas 201, north of Mountain Home, to another location when it exploded August 31.

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