ATLANTA (AP) - Federal safety officials want Georgia Power to pay $119,000 in penalties for safety violations identified after a power plant explosion.
The April 4 explosion at Plant Bowen did not injure any workers.
The director of the local branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Christi Griffin, said inspectors found serious safety hazards that the Southern Co. subsidiary must fix. Georgia Power previously acknowledged that workers did not follow protocols while conducting maintenance work on a generator.
Federal officials said that Georgia Power failed to make sure that a worker in charge conducted a safety briefing before starting each job. They said the power company broke rules requiring that it document and use procedures to control hazardous energy.
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