Two companies responsible for demolition of PG&E power plant plan to appeal citations

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Alpha Explosives Inc. and Demtech LLC are both planning to appeal the citations issued following the Aug. 3, 2013 demolition of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power plant, according to an official from the Department of Industrial Relations.

To read the Alpha Explosives Inc. appeal document click here.

To read the Demtech LLC appeal document click here.

The state of California has issued fines totaling $28,400 against the two of the companies who were responsible for the demolition.

In the citation issued by the state, Demtech LLC is fined with two counts of serious violations and one count of willful violations totaling $14,000. Alpha Explosives, Inc. is fined with two count of serious violation for $14,400.

The fines issued were for failing to identify potential work hazards during the demolition and for not correctly evaluating the blast area before the demolition occurred, which caused shrapnel to fly in and around the area,
causing severe injury to spectators who witnessed the demolition.

The blast at the Kern Power Plant left 43-year-old Jerry Wood seriously injured.

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