FL Electric Company Shocked by Heavy OSHA Fines

TAMPA, FL — Federal safety regulators have cited and fined Tampa Electric Co. $76,050 following an investigation into an October accident that injured two contractors at the utility’s Big Bend Power Station.

The violation was designated “serious.”

It is the second safety citation leveled against the utility by federal regulators in four months. The previous one stemmed from an accident that left five workers dead in 2017.

In the latest citation, issued April 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tampa Electric’s modifications to a door on the cooling system for a boiler at the Apollo Beach station led to the injury of two contractors, who worked for Zachary Industrial Inc. at the time.

The men had been called to the plant to repair a water leak on the Unit 3 boiler’s cooling system.