Federal investigators found 17 safety violations at Georgia Power plant near Cartersville following a generator explosion in April, the government said Friday.
The story you’re reading is premium content from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyAJC.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyAJC.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to AJC for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
AJC Print subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
AJC Print subscriber — I’ve already registered my account.Sign In
STORY SO FAR
• An explosion happened at Unit 2 of Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen, a coal-fired plant, as workers were preparing to shut down the unit for planned, routine maintenance. Three people were treated for minor injuries.
• The explosion happened on April 3. OSHA, state environmental officials and others went to the site for initial and in-depth investigations. OSHA began a six-month investigation into what caused the explosion.
• Georgia Power’s internal investigation revealed that worker errors, not equipment failure, caused the generator explosion.
• OSHA cited Georgia Power for 17 safety violations and has proposed a $119,000 fine. Georgia Power has 15 days to Georgia Power has 15 days from receiving the citations and proposed penalties to comply, OSHA said. The utility also can ask for an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings in front of an independent OSHA review commission.
Read the full OSHA report on the explosion at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen.