Investigators want to fine utility $2M for fatal house blast
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania investigators are asking to impose a $2.1 million fine on a utility company, alleging violations relating to a gas explosion that leveled a house and killed a utility worker last year.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement filed a complaint against UGI Utilities on Thursday. It alleges the company failed to properly react to a hazardous condition when its workers responded to a suspected gas leak at a house in Millersville on July 2, 2017.
The worker, 54-year-old Richard Bouder, died of multiple trauma injuries caused by flying debris.
Investigators allege, among other issues, UGI didn’t shut off the gas main feeding the neighborhood.
A UGI Utilities spokesman says the company, based in Reading, is reviewing the complaint and will respond within 20 days.
Joseph Swope says UGI “remains fully committed” to safety.