Orange County, California, District District Attorney Office has received a $ 1.6 million assessment in a civil case against a plastic manufacturer for "gently" threatening employees by maintaining a dangerous work environment, accusing announcement on Wednesday.
Solus Industrial Innovations, which has operated a plastic factory in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, since 2007, has been quoted by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health for deliberately and purposefully maintaining an insecure and dangerous work environment for its employees after two workers were killed in an explosion caused by a water heater that was never intended for commercial use.
"The defendants intentionally scanned a commercial boiler to avoid the cost and allow proper installation requirements," a statement said. "Solus instead bought and installed a cheap water heater that knew it was not equipped to operate at a commercial level. In March 2009, the water heater exploded, deliberately killing two employees."
Cal / OSHA investigated and "decided that the explosion had been caused by a failed safety valve and the lack of "other appropriate safety features on the heater due to manipulation and abuse" because Solus used a water heater instead of a commercial one. "
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Deaths and "evidence" for further violations caused Cal / OSHA to refer the case to the local district law firm, which agreed that Solus & # 39; s practice was "unbelievable" and continued with civil disputes, Santa Ana-based Orange County Assistant District Counsel K Elly Ernby told Corporate Insurance in March 2018.
Civil Law resulted in a $ 1.6 million settlement, of which $ 1.5 million will go against civil penalties and $ 100,000 for further victim of the restoration of victims, according to the statement. 19659002] The admitted issue of civil penalties in case of breaches of workplace protection, according to legal experts.
Solus could not be reached immediately for comments.