Regarding the PG&E gas line explosion: Why were prisoners around a gun range? Is it possible they were “loaned out” to the “subcontracted heavy equipment operator”?
That would explain why no one notified PG&E of proposed digging — possibly the subcontractor did not know the protocol which properly trained, properly paid employees directly hired by the county’s Public Works Department would have known.
Additionally, why did the subcontractor get to have five prisoners assist with shoveling dirt? At 12% unemployment in Fresno County, I realize it would be hard to find non-incarcerated unemployed heads of families in town. But maybe some could have been hired, trained and paid a decent wage for that work. Possibly then they or the boss would have seen and known what “a clearly marked sign” for a “12-inch gas transmission line” meant.
Maybe I’m wrong, but what it looks like is that because of penny pinching with subcontractors and inmate labor a devastating fire with six horribly burned persons was the result.