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Company Faces Fine After 3 Die in Gas Leak at Port

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida company has been
cited for numerous safety violations after an argon gas leak inside
a cargo ship killed three employees earlier this year.

U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited Florida
Transportation Services on Friday for five violations, including
failure to use an alarm system to warn workers. The company faces
$88,200 in fines.

Hayman Sooknanan, 47, James Cason, 43, and Rene Robert Dutertre
Jr., 25, died May 20, after inhaling argon gas that was leaking
from a storage container aboard a ship they were working in.

The report also said the company didn't properly train workers
on how to detect the release of toxic gases and didn't establish
evacuation procedures.

In a statement, company owner John Gorman Jr. said his workers
were properly trained.


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