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Region 1 News Release: 11-888-BOS/BOS 2011-233
June 29, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department resolves OSHA citations against Black Mag LLC
for Colebrook, NH explosion that killed 2 workers
Company and owner Craig Sanborn permanently barred from
employing people to work with explosives

BOSTON – As part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, Black Mag LLC, doing business as BMI and as Black Mag Industries, and Craig Sanborn, the company's president, managing member and primary owner, have surrendered Black Mag LLC's explosives manufacturing license and will permanently refrain from employing workers in any explosives-related business enterprise.

"What we seek in all cases is for the employer to eliminate hazardous conditions and take effective action to prevent their recurrence," said Marthe Kent, New England regional administrator for the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. "This resolution accomplishes those goals by ensuring that neither Black Mag LLC nor Mr. Sanborn will ever again place employees at risk in any kind of business that uses or makes explosives."

OSHA cited Black Mag LLC in October 2010 for more than 50 willful, egregious and serious violations of safety standards in connection with a May 14, 2010, explosion at the company's Colebrook, N.H., facility in which two employees died while manufacturing a gunpowder substitute. The employer contested the citations and fines to the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Black Mag LLC since has withdrawn its notice of contest and agreed to entry of an order that it violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The company has certified that the violations have been abated by termination of all production operations, which occurred wh