Feds Fine Rhode Island Club Owners, Band
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Six months after the nightclub fire that killed 100 people, the federal agency that regulates workplace safety has fined the club’s owners and the band Great White nearly $100,000.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Derco LLC, which operated The Station club, $85,200 for one ``willful″ violation and six serious ones.
OSHA said the willful violation was the installation of an exit door that swung the wrong way. The others involved the use of highly flammable foam in the club, inadequate safety planning and an exit door that was concealed by foam, the agency said.
Attorneys for the club’s owners did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Jack Russell Touring Inc., the corporate entity representing Great White, faces a $7,000 fine for failing to protect employees from fire hazards, OSHA said.
A local attorney for Jack Russell, the band’s lead singer, said he had not seen the citation and could not comment. A Los Angeles-based attorney for the band could not be reached for comment before business hours.
Great White was playing at The Station on Feb. 20 when its pyrotechnic display started the blaze that killed 100 people and injured nearly 200 others.
The club and band have 15 days to appeal the proposed penalties.