Biomass Plant Faces Federal Fines For Worker's Death
A wood-burning power plant in Springfield could face more than $125,000 in federal fines after a worker died on the job last November.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a 23-year-old plant employee died after being pulled into a conveyor.
Inspectors found a lack of safety guarding on that conveyor and other machinery. And they say employees weren’t trained to keep equipment from accidentally turning on.
In a statement, officials say the worker’s death was a tragedy the plant’s owner could have prevented.
That owner, New Jersey-based EWP Renewable Corporation, has two weeks to respond to the federal penalty.
The 16-megawatt plant has been online for more than 30 years.