OSHA fines Lewiston company over 2012 natural gas explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Lewiston construction company for its role in a natural gas explosion in downtown Lewiston last November.

OSHA cited M.L. Albright and Sons for failing to anticipate the change in the depth of the natural gas line, which was hit with an excavator bucket. OSHA proposed a nearly $5,000 fine on March 1, but reduced it by half.

The company says it took numerous steps to determine the depth of the natural gas line. However, where it was hit was a spot where the line was shallower because it was buried over other utility lines.

No one was seriously injured.  (AP)

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