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Fines Levied After Fatal Blast Levels Kansas City Restaurant

Photo courtesy Megan Cramer family. Megan shown with her niece, August McGrail in January, 2009.

Fines Levied After Fatal Blast Levels Kansas City Restaurant

By Joe Rios. CREATED Aug 15, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The federal government is seeking stiff fines against a cable company subcontractor after a fatal explosion leveled a Kansas City restaurant.
The U.S. Department of Labor released a statement Thursday saying Heartland Midwest was being cited for safety violations after a crew breached a natural gas supply line with an underground borer on Feb. 19.
The blast leveled JJ's restaurant near the Country Club Plaza, a busy outdoor shopping area.

Former Springfield resident and Parkview High School graduate Megan Cramer was killed, 15 others were injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking $161,000 in penalties against Heartland for violations including failing to provide a workplace "free of recognized hazards." JJ's also faces a proposed $2,000 penalty for having a deficient emergency action plan.
Heartland attorney Brad Russell says the company strongly denies the allegations.