OSHA: Tampa Electric ignored its own rules in accident that killed 5 workers

Luis Santana   |   Times 
Two people were killed and four people were seriously injured Thursday in what is being described as a "major incident'' at the Tampa Electric Company power plant in Apollo Beach, FL, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue units responded to a 911 call about a possible explosion at the Big Bend Power Station at approximately 4:20 p.m.Four people were transferred to Tampa General Hospital, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss said. Two were transported by ground and two by air. None were identified as of Thursday evening. The hospital remains on stand-by in case there are more patients.
Luis Santana | Times Two people were killed and four people were seriously injured Thursday in what is being described as a "major incident'' at the Tampa Electric Company power plant in Apollo Beach, FL, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue units responded to a 911 call about a possible explosion at the Big Bend Power Station at approximately 4:20 p.m.Four people were transferred to Tampa General Hospital, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss said. Two were transported by ground and two by air. None were identified as of Thursday evening. The hospital remains on stand-by in case there are more patients.
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APOLLO BEACH Tampa Electric ignored its own rules when performing a dangerous maintenance job at the Big Bend Power Station in June that left five workers dead, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday.

OSHA gave Tampa Electric its most serious type of citation a "willful" violation, given only when companies either intentionally disregard its rules or act with indifference toward employee safety and a $126,749 fine.

Because the citation was found to be willful, OSHA will review whether to refer the case to the Department of Justice to consider criminal charges, an OSHA spokesman said.

FULL STORY: Tampa Electric ignored its own rules in accident that killed 5 workers, OSHA states

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