State fines Fresno County for gas pipeline explosion

Oct 29, 2015 12:20 PM by News Staff, Photo: David Bienick/KCRA

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno County has been fined by the state for its role in a gas line explosion that killed a Fresno County Jail inmate worker and injured 12 others.

The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that the $100,000 fine from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration stems from the county's failure to outline the hazard presented by an underground line at the work site.

Fresno County is appealing the fines.

The state's report says a county worker severed the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas line, leading to an explosion that threw a worker from his front loader. Nearby workers at a shooting range were burned and one died from his injuries.

PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles says the utility's focus remains on the safe operation of the gas pipeline system and educating the public about the importance of digging safely.


Information from: The Fresno Bee

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