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Workplace Fatalities Trigger Executive Order

In response to a February job-site explosion that killed six workers and injured dozens more, Connecticut’s governor has issued an executive order banning the use of flammable gas to clean pipelines at power plants in the state. The accident occurred on Super Bowl Sunday at an electric plan construction site.

The governor moved to prohibit the ‘gas blow’ procedure after she says it became clear that no one at the state, local, or federal level had control of pipe-cleaning operations. Her hope is that the executive ban will minimize the chances of similar workplace accidents in the future.

The ban has already caught the attention of the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, who applauds the legislation and says provides a model for other state and the federal government to emulate.

Source: Middletown plant explosion prompts new state regulations, Connecticut Post, September 21, 2010
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