State launches investigation into faulty gas pump
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The state and Hess Corp. are launching investigations into a faulty gas pump that broke, spraying gas everywhere and sending a man to the hospital.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is investigating what could have caused the hose to that gas pump to sever while a man was pumping gas.
"We'll go out to do an inspection and to see if the problem has been fixed, talk to the station manager, owner, or whoever was on site at the time to see what happened," said Erin Gillespie, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Press Secretary.
While the station has reopened since the incident occurred last Thursday, Hess Corp. told Fox 4's Julian Glover that it is also launching an investigation.
"Customer safety is top priority at every Hess retail location. Last week's incident is currently under investigation to determine what happened and prevent further occurrence from happening in the future," said Dennis Moynihan, Hess Corp. Director of Communications.
Hess also told Fox 4 that its pumps are visually inspected daily, and physically inspected once a week. Hess was unable to confirm whether or not inspections are conducted on the actual hoses.
The state also inspects gas pumps about ever two years, according to Gillespie. She told Fox 4 most stations are usually cited for minor violations, but situations like this are rare.
"Generally gas station inspections really catch these things in advance, but sometimes you're just gonna have a faulty piece of equipment," said Gillespie.
In the last year, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that it inspected 233 gas stations in Lee County; 85 of those stations were issued citations, and 13 were issued "stop sale" orders.
While Hess and the state continue to search for answers, the man it all happened to is looking for answers also.
"I'm not the kind of person they can just write a check for that and be reimbursed, it's kinda of something that needs to be taken care of," said Malachi Randolph, the man sprayed by the gas pump.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is expected to release the findings of its investigation in the next couple of days.