Company Director Penalized $30,000 for Worker’s Death from Toxic Gas

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While a worker was attempting to remove an orifice plate inside a group separator building at a sour gas production facility, he caused a sour gas release from the equipment and was fatally overcome by the toxic gas. The company’s director pleaded guilty to violating the OHS Act. The court fined him $1,000 and ordered him to pay $29,000 to Hilltop High School for an OHS program in the worker’s memory [Eugene Hausauer, Govt. News Release, Jan. 24, 2011].