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.
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.
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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.