Cleveland fired over botched blast…

Firm fired as victim undergoes yet more surgery.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has terminated its contract with the company it hired to manage the power plant demolition job that critically injured a Bakersfield man this month and last year killed a Los Angeles man.

The San Francisco-based utility fired Covina-based Cleveland Wrecking Co. Friday “because they failed to perform to our satisfaction on the project,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said.

PG&E hopes to find a replacement soon to finish the job — largely consisting of disassembly at this point — under the guidance of a new, state-monitored program designed to address safety problems at the company’s power plant demolitions. That means an outside expert would be brought in to help PG&E select and oversee a new contractor.

Cal-OSHA has ordered that no work be done at the demolition site just south of Rosedale Highway until the agency finishes its investigation.

Meanwhile, the Bakersfield man critically injured in the demolition of the old PG&E power plant three weeks ago, has suffered a setback.

The family’s attorney, Dennis Thelen, says surgeons at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco suffered a setback Thursday, as they worked to repair Wood’s right leg. “The Stanford surgeon in charge of bone grafting for both legs determined some of the bone graft placed in the right leg was not viable so they did more surgery on the right leg than planned and had to replace some of the graft material,” said Thelen.

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