The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that an April 4 explosion at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen in Bartow County has led to a penalty of $119,000.
OSHA also cited 17 safety violations in connection with the incident at the coal-fired plant near Euharlee.
“(The violations) are fairly new to us so we’re still in the process of reviewing all of the findings and the citations issued,” said Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft. “But on first look, they are mostly related to tagging procedure, and there are no willful violations.”
The OSHA report alleges the employer did not properly develop, document and use a tag-out system for purging hydrogen from the Unit 2 generator.
Kraft said crews are still in the process of repairing Unit 2, and there is no timetable for when it will be operational.