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Wood pellet company from Jaffrey agrees to $100,000 fine

JAFFREY - New England Wood Pellet has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and take steps to improve conditions as part of a settlement with federal regulators, who cited the company for violations of workplace safety standards following a series of explosions and fires.

The company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in April in connection with explosions and fires at its manufacturing plant, which occurred on Oct. 20, 2011, and took 15 hours and more than 100 firefighters from 12 towns to put down.

An inspection by OSHA's Concord Area Office identified numerous fire and explosion hazards stemming from the absence of protective devices, which were exacerbated by a buildup of sawdust throughout the plant.?New England Wood Pellet has agreed to implement measures to prevent, detect and suppress any potential fires and explosions and to hire an independent third-party expert to evaluate the effectiveness of the measures.?

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