August 15, 2013 1:58 PM

OSHA cites drilling company in fatal explosion at JJ’s restaurant

The crew of the boring rig that struck a gas line near the Country Club Plaza in February lacked needed training, wasn’t wearing required equipment and improperly relied on “ill-defined hand signals” to communicate, the federal agency said. Citing those and other alleged deficiencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $161,000 in penalties for Heartland Midwest LLC, the Olathe-based drilling company involved in the fatal blast.

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