Biomass Plant Faces Federal Fines For Worker's Death

Jun 4, 2018

Springfield Power is a 16-megawatt biomass plant off I-89.
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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.