SC Company, Subcontractor Fined for Violations

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By Alicia Barnes

CATAWBA, S.C. (AP) _ A South Carolina company and its contractor have been fined for what a state agency calls ``serious violations'' related to an accident that killed a worker.

Resolute Forest Products and its subcontractor were fined $33,250 by the state Office of Occupational Safety and Health for seven ``serious violations'' related to the January accident that killed Samir Storey.

The state fined Resolute $17,850 for three serious violations and one ``other-than-serious'' violation. Subcontractor Industrial Piping Inc. of Pineville, N.C., was fined $15,400 for four serious violations.

The companies can appeal the fines.

The 39-year-old Storey was one of several contract employees cleaning a 10-by-40-foot tank in the plant's power generation area during a scheduled maintenance outage. The Monroe, N.C., man died from hydrogen sulfide asphyxiation when he was trapped in the tank.

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