French court fines Total for 2009 petrochemical blast

Reuters, June 13, 2016

A French court has found a petrochemical unit of Total S.A. guilty and imposed a $224,000 fine for a 2009 incident that killed two workers and injured six others. The court ruled that operators at the Carling Petrochemical Plant in eastern France disregarded important safety procedures, which directly led to the explosion. In addition to the fine, the former manager of the facility was handed a one year prison sentence for his role in the accident.


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