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Jail for safety manager for lying about injuries

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April 12, 2013 01:42 PM EST | AP


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Louisiana man will spend time in prison for lying about worker injuries at Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear facilities, allowing his company to collect $2.5 million in safety bonuses.

A federal court news release says 55-year-old Walter Cardin, of Metairie, has been sentenced to serve 6 1/2 years in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Cardin was the safety manager for the Shaw Group, a construction contractor. He was convicted in November of not reporting injuries at the Sequoyah (see-KWOY'-uh) and Watts Bar plants in Tennessee and Brown's Ferry in Alabama between 2004 and 2006.

At his federal trial, jurors heard evidence of more than 80 injuries not properly recorded, including broken bones, torn ligaments, hernias, lacerations and injuries to shoulders, backs and knees. Shaw Group paid back double the bonuses.