The California division of OSHA has cited rocket-engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne with six violations and issuing potential fines totaling close to $67,000 after an explosion killed worker, Robert Ortiz, 54, in November of 2013.
An investigation of the incident was completed on November 19, 2013 at the company’s Rancho Cordova plant. The company is contesting the fines, according to Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton.
Six violations categorized as “serious” and three less serious violations were found in the investigation.
Reports indicate Mr. Melton was cutting through “solid rocket propellant with a bandsaw” when the explosion occurred.