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Owner of Gunpowder Plant Sentenced to Prison after Fatal Explosion

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

According to ABC News, the owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant has been sentenced to 10-20 years in prison for an explosion that killed two employees.

About the Gunpowder Plant Explosion

  • In 2010, an explosion at the Black Mag gunpowder plant in Colebrook, New Hampshire resulted in the deaths of employees Donald Kendall, 56, and Jesse Kennett, 49.
  • An investigation of the plant by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration led to the agency citing Black Mag LLC for over 46 workplace safety violations, resulting in a fine of $1.2 million.
  • The owner of the plant, Craig Sanborn, was convicted of manslaughter last month after it was determined that he was reckless in the manufacturing, testing and storing of the explosive powder and that he failed to adequately train his employees.
  • Sanborn was sentenced Wednesday to 10-20 years in prison.

Workplace Injury Statistiscs

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 4,383 fatal work related injuries in 2012 – down from 4,693 in 2011.
  • Texas, however, did not follow this national trend. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Texas instead recorded a 23 percent increase, recording a total of 256 deaths for the year.
  • Fires and explosions account for the smallest number of fatal occupational injuries, roughly 3 percent, while transportation incidents account for the largest portion, 41 percent.
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