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Death becomes her.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

A company that manufactured gun powder for hunters has been fined $1.2 million by OSHA for having an unsafe work environment that killed two employees back on May 14, 2010.

According to an article in today’s Union Leader

The manufacturer of a gun powder substitute has been fined a total of $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Two men were killed on May 14 in the explosion at Millenium Designed Muzzleloaders, in the Colebrook Industrial Park. Following an invesigation, OSHA issued a total of 54 workplace safety and health citations with penalties totaling $1.2 million.

“The fines levied here pale in comparison to the value of the two lives lost,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Nonetheless, this was a tragedy that easily could have been prevented had the em loyer valued the health and safety of its employees. Employers should not sacrifice their workers’ lives for a profit, and no one should be injured or killed for a paycheck.”

On the afternoon of May 14, Jesse Kennett and Donald Kendall, as well as a plant supervisor, were manufacturing a gun powder substitute known as Black Mag powder when the explosion occurred.

Although it is tragic that two employees — and we don’t know if they were hunters — had to give their lives, there’s a good chance that MDM will go out of business given the size of the OSHA fine. That’s good news for wildlife, bad news for hunters.

Not long ago hunters were bragging about the MDM product —

“After extensive range shooting and field testing, I have found Black Mag ‘3 to be the cleanest burning, safest, reliable and easiest to clean blackpowder substitute on the market.” – Al Raychard, Editor – Bear Hunting Magazine, Author – The Ultimate Guide to Blackpowder Hunting and Muzzleloading Afield Columnist – Muzzle Blasts Magazine (National Muzzleloading Association).

Well, gosh, maybe it really wasn’t the safest and most reliable blackpowder substitute out there — at least not for animals and two MDM employees.

The sooner we ban recreational hunting, the sooner wildlife and people will be able to walk the woods in safety.  And maybe hunters will be safer, too.

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