UNCC Charlotte Fined for Safety Violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Labor fined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $12,250 for safety violations that led to the death of one and injury of five other UNCC employees.

Six of the nine violations the university was cited for fell under the section of the code pertaining to electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution. UNCC officials believed they were exempt from the code due to their inability to transmit or generate power.

The UNCC experienced a power outage on April 13 when a flash-fire and explosion occurred on the east side of the campus. Four employees were injured in the explosion, while a fifth was taken to a hospital for treatment. Electrician Ed Seamon died from his injures Aug. 16.

The university has until Oct. 27 to correct the violations and is fully cooperating with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division.

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