Gunpowder Plant Sentenced for Blast that Killed Two

Craig Sanborn, the owner of the Black Mag gunpowder plant in Colebrook, NH was sentenced last week to 10 to 20 years in prison. It was determined by the jury after only 3 hours of deliberation, that Craig Sanborn was guilty of manslaughter for putting profits over safety when he failed to take safety measures or provide any safety training for his employees. The explosion that killed 2 employees, Donald Kendall (56) and Jesse Kennett (49) was deemed to be a result of Craig Sanborn’s negligence. The sentencing was 5 – 10 years for each of the employees that were killed which means that Craig will be going away for at least 10 years.

Worker safety can never be sacrificed for the benefit of production, and workers’ lives are not – and must never be – considered part of the cost of doing business. We categorically reject the false choice between profits and safety.” said the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

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