Feds: Manufacturer dropped prefabricated part for SC nuclear plant, covered it up; seeks fine

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Federal regulators have proposed an $11,200 fine against a manufacturer accused of dropping a large part destined for a South Carolina nuclear plant, then trying to cover it up.

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the penalty Tuesday against Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.'s facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. That facility makes large components for nuclear plants under construction in Georgia and South Carolina.

NRC officials said the prefabricated part for the plant fell March 1, 2013, because of improper rigging and lifting practices.

Investigators accused two CB&I officials of encouraging their employees to lie about the accident in their formal reports.

Federal regulators said the company put production and schedule concerns ahead of safety and quality.

A CB&I spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.