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NH Business Newsreel: NH workplace death prompts company fine

June 12. 2018 8:36PM
BAE is working to create new software to help military planners explore causes of conflict and assess possible approaches. (COURTESY)

CONCORD — A Mount Laurel, N.J., company faces $125,460 in proposed fines after an employee’s death at its Springfield plant last November.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it cited EWP Renewable Corp., doing business as Springfield Power LLC, for 25 safety violations after an employee was pulled into a conveyor and died from his injuries.

OSHA said its inspectors found that the conveyor and other machinery lacked required safety guarding, and employees were not trained in lockout/tagout procedures to prevent equipment from unintentionally starting.

OSHA also cited Springfield Power for fall hazards; electric shock and arc flash hazards; and a lack of adequate emergency evacuation, fire prevention, and hazardous energy control programs.

“This employer’s failure to protect employees resulted in a tragedy that could have been prevented if training was provided and machinery was appropriately guarded,” said Rosemarie O. Cole, OSHA New Hampshire area director.

An employee there Tuesday said the plant manager wasn’t available to comment.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings.

Jobless rate rose in May

CONCORD — The state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 2.7 percent in May.

That matched the May 2017 rate but topped April’s 2.6 percent mark.

The state in May had 19,980 residents classified as unemployed, 330 more than in April but 140 fewer than in May 2017.

There were 733,200 employed residents in May, an increase of 2,100 from the previous month and 6,840 more than in May 2017.

From April to May, the total labor force increased by 2,430 to 753,180, an increase of 6,700 from May 2017.

Nationally, the unemployment rate for May stood at 3.8 percent, a drop of 0.1 percentage points from the April rate and a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from the May 2017 mark.

BAE wins contract for software

BURLINGTON, Mass. — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is sponsoring BAE Systems to develop software that will aid military planners in understanding and addressing the complex dynamics that drive conflicts around the world, BAE announced Tuesday.

Under a $4.2 million Phase 1 contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, the Causal Exploration of Complex Operational Environments program seeks to develop technology to model different political, territorial and economic tensions that often lead to conflicts, the company said.

BAE Systems is developing software called Causal Modeling for Knowledge Transfer, Exploration, and Temporal Simulation (CONTEXTS). The software is intended to create an interactive model of an operational environment, allowing planners to explore the causes of a conflict and assess potential approaches.

Work is being performed at the company’s facilities in Burlington, Mass., and Arlington, Va. The program also includes teammate Dr. David Danks of Carnegie Mellon University.


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