Consumers Energy employees failed to follow natural gas safety standards in fatal explosions in both Wayne and Royal Oak. The Michigan Public Service Commission has levied fines against the utility after concluding their employees were at fault for the explosions that killed a Royal Oak man this year and two employees at the Wayne Williams C Franks Furniture store in 2010.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Consumers Energy was charged with a $340,000 fine related to the Royal Oak blast and $90,000 for the Wayne incident. In addition, Consumers will pay $1 million to start a new fund for victims of natural gas disasters.
In both explosions, evidence was found that had proper safety measures been taken at both locations, the fatal incidents could have been avoided. Consumers released an official statement saying they “fully accepted” the MPSC finding and fines.
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