- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2020

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied fines against a Maine nonprofit and a manufacturing company in connection to a deadly propane explosion last year.

The fines against Life Enrichment Advancing People and Techno Metal Post come after separate investigations into the actions of those companies prior to the explosion in September that left one dead and several others injured, the Sun Journal reported Friday.

The explosion on Sept. 16 shattered the two-story building in Farmington that housed LEAP Inc., a nonprofit that serves people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, just a couple of months after it was finished.

The nonprofit was fined $12,145 for violations of health and safety regulations. The OSCHA citation noted the organization “failed to ensure that a competent person inspected the job site to determine the location of underground hazards prior to allowing the ground to be penetrated and installing bollards.”

The second fine was issued against Techno Metal Post for $4,038 for the same violation. Both companies have until April 17 to either contest the citations or pay the fines.

Farmington Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Bell died in the blast. Seven others were seriously or critically injured, including six firefighters.

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