[NEWS] OSHA: Inadequate Training Contributed to Biomass Worker Death
– by John Lippman, August 4, 2018, Valley News
Biomass power plants, a warren of hazardous machinery, can be dangerous places to work, especially if care is not taken to ensure a safe working environment. This was made tragically clear when a young man was killed while working at Springfield Power last year.
And it could have been prevented had the biomass plant followed proper training procedures for employees and ensured that the plant’s equipment was properly safeguarded, according to a recent finding by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Springfield Power, receiving the maximum penalty under OSHA guidelines. in June was fined $125,460 for a slew of safety violations that were uncovered by the agency’s inspectors following the workplace death in November of a recently hired employee.