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Fine Leveled in Sherburne Wire Plant Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a Chenango County copper wire manufacturer is agreeing to pay a close to $33,000 fine after a worker was sprayed with molten copper in an explosion in February.

OSHA says the worker was seriously burned in the incident when a machine that is supposed to cool the copper as it is being made into wire exploded at the Tecnofil Chenango S.A.C. plant in Sherburne February 2nd.

Federal investigators say they found 24 serious violations of safety standards at the facility, including the lack of a pressure-relief valve on the machine, which resulted in the explosion.

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