KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The federal government is seeking stiff fines against a cable company subcontractor after a fatal explosion leveled a Kansas City restaurant.
The U.S. Department of Labor released a statement Thursday saying Heartland Midwest was being cited for safety violations after a crew breached a natural gas supply line with an underground borer on Feb. 19.
The blast leveled JJ’s restaurant near the Country Club Plaza, a busy outdoor shopping area. One restaurant worker died and 15 others were injured.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking $161,000 in penalties against Heartland for violations including failing to provide a workplace “free of recognized hazards.” JJ’s also faces a proposed $2,000 penalty for having a deficient emergency action plan.
Heartland attorney Brad Russell says the company strongly denies the allegations.