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Aerojet Rocketdyne Faces $67K in Fines

Aerojet Rocketdyne Faces $67K in Fines

A November explosion that killed an Aerojet Rocketdyne worker now has the company facing potential fines of about $67,000.  

The California Division of Occupational Safety proposed the fines relating to an incident that ultimately took the life of 54-year-old Robert Ortiz of Citrus Heights.

He was injured by an explosion while cutting rocket propellant with a bandsaw: 

"The citations are classified as serious -- some of them accident related. And also, some general citations," Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. 

Melton says Aerojet is appealing the citations which came after Cal/OSHA ruled the company's training procedures were inadequate. 

Ortiz died this April from his injuries. 

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