KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials believe a trucking company engaged in serious safety violations prior to an explosion that killed a maintenance shop employee last year in Knox County.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2nD8txd) reports 43-year-old mechanic Joseph Mack died from severe burns hours after an explosion inside an R & L Carriers maintenance shop in October 2016.
Months later, fire investigators remain unsure what caused a leaking flammable liquid to explode, but investigators with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration said R & L Carriers committed five serious safety violations prior to the fire.
Officials say the company will pay $16,200 following an agreement that reduced the citations to three.
R & L Carriers is a global transportation firm based in Wilmington, Ohio. The company didn’t return requests for comment.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com