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Verso Paper fined for safety violations leading up to explosion

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The Verso Paper Corporation is being fined nearly $40,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations that led to a deadly explosion in May.

The Associated Press reports the state fire marshal's investigation found an overheated compressor that caused the explosion and fire. Employees reportedly shut down a well used to cool the plant's compressors on the day of the accident.

Oil inside the compressor reached a temperature of 308 degrees, the St. Cloud Times says. Normal operating temperature for compressor oil is about 150 degrees.

Fifty-year-old Jon Maus of Albany, Minn., was killed and four others were injured.

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