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Lemont business convicted in 2005 barge death

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:29 p.m. CDT

LEMONT – A tugboat captain and the Lemont-based business Egan Marine were found guilty of negligence charges Monday stemming from a 2005 barge explosion that killed a worker, according to media reports.

Dennis Egan faces as many as five years in prison, while the business faces probation and as much as $200,000 in fines, according to media reports.

The court determined Egan had illegally ordered worker Alexander Olivia to use a propane torch to heat a frozen discharge pump moments before the barge was unloaded, according to media reports.

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