OSHA fines four companies for violations related to March explosion at Lake City plant

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Four companies will pay more than $83,000 in fines for violations related to a March explosion at the Lake City Ammunition plant that injured six workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Alberici Constructors, U.S. Engineering Company and Electrical Contractor of America, Inc. with 19 "serious" violations related to the incident.

According to documents released Tuesday, Alliant Techsystems, the principal third-party contractor at the plant, was cited seven times for "serious violations," including four violations that carried $7,000 fines each. In all, Alliant Techsystems was fined $35,500.

In one instance, OSHA noted, "the employer's written operating procedures covering safety and health considerations did not address the precautions necessary to prevent a catastrophic explosion where engineering controls could have preventing a hazard."

A spokesperson with the company said "they were aware of the citations," and were "currently reviewing them."

Alberici Constructors, another third-party company operating at the plant, was cited for six "serious" violations, totaling $26,000.

A spokesman with Alberici, which is based in St. Louis, referred comment about the violations to Alliant.

A third company, U.S. Engineering Company, was cited for four serious violations and fined $18,700. A spokesman for that company was out of the office on Tuesday.

Electrical Contractors of America was also cited for two serious violations and fined $3,213 as a result of the incident. An ECA spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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