Ex-supervisor sentenced for role in deadly OC boiler blast

Feb 21, 2015 11:08 AM by News Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The former maintenance supervisor of an Orange County plastics plant has avoided jail for his role in a boiler explosion that killed two workers.

City News Service says Roy Faulkinbury pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 166 hours of community service.

Former plant manager Carl Richardson entered the same plea last month.

The two worked at the Solus Industrial Innovations plant in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A pending lawsuit against the company says that in order to save money, time and to dodge code requirements, the plant was fitted with a residential water heater instead of an industrial model and the boiler rigged to work at unsafe temperatures.

The heater exploded in 2009, killing two workers - including one who was beheaded - and injuring others.

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