VT Halter Fined $1.3M After Fatal Boat Explosion

Law360, New York (May 20, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has smacked shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. with a $1.32 million fine for willfully exposing workers to toxic vapors in a confined space, resulting in the deaths of two workers in a November 2009 tug boat explosion.

The DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its fine and citation of penalty Wednesday, citing the company for 17 willful and 11 serious violations.

The willful citations were for failing to inspect and test the confined space prior to entry, to prevent entry...
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