Employer who lost workers urges safety reform in California (9/19)
"I am writing as an accident victim, devastated business owner, employer and father. One who lived the events first hand that causes this Senate bill to be written," Michael Matamoros of Oakley, Calif. wrote the governor in a letter dated Sept. 14.
State safety officials blamed the explosion on workers for pipeline owner Kinder Morgan Energy Partners of Texas who failed to mark a sharp bend in a high-pressure petroleum line. A backhoe operator digging a ditch for a water main hit it.
Three of the dead and two of the burn victims worked for Matamoros Pipelines Inc. They were welding the water main when the backhoe, working just ahead of them, hit the petroleum pipe.
The governor has yet to sign the bill.