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OSHA Fines Energy Firm $125K for Conveyor-Related Death

June 11, 2018
Springfield Power in Springfield, NH. Image courtesy of Google Earth
Springfield Power in Springfield, NH. Image courtesy of Google Earth

Biomass energy provider EWP Renewable Corp. was issued with a fine of $125,460 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker was fatally injured by conveying equipment at the firm’s Springfield, NH facility last November.

An inspection by the agency revealed the company did not have required safety guarding and did not provide training in lockout/tagout procedures to stop unintentional equipment starts, a June 1 press release announcing the proposed penalties said. Citations were also issued for fall hazards, electric shock and arc flash hazards, lack of adequate emergency evacuation and fire prevention, and failure to have hazardous energy control programs.  

“The employer’s failure to protect employees resulted in a tragedy that could have been prevented if training was provided and machinery was appropriately guarded,” Rosemarie O. Cole, OSHA New Hampshire area director, said in a statement.

After receiving the citations, the company has 15 business days to comply, contest the findings before an independent panel, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director.

EWP Renewable is owned by EWP America Inc., a part of Ulsan, South Korea-based Korea East-West Power Co. Ltd. 

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