New Hampshire Gunpowder Manufacturer Sentenced in the Deaths of Two Workers

by on December 19, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Craig Sanborn will be spending the next 10 to 20 years in jail on a manslaughter conviction in the deaths of two of his employees. Donald Kendall and Jesse Kennett were killed by an explosion at Sanborn’s New Hampshire Black Mag gunpowder plant in 2010. Sanborn was sentenced late last month.

Aside from the blast investigation by local authorities, an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) resulted in the issuance of 54 workplace safety and health citations totaling $1.2 million to Black Mag.

According to preliminary 2012 statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows 132 workers died as a result of explosions and fires.

The information available to employers from OSHA on how to protect their employees while working with explosives is extensive. For example, training on the proper handling of explosive material, transporting explosives and the use of personal protective equipment while working with or handling explosives.

OSHA suggests following its hazard communication standards to guard workers against injuries that are caused by explosions and fires.

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