OSHA Report Ties Cannabis Worker Death To Dust Inhalation

“The employee could not breathe”

Over the past few days a disturbing report has surfaced regarding the death of a cannabis worker earlier this year in Massachusetts.

According to a report filed by officials with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a staff member at the Trulieve production facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was working a late shift grinding cannabis flower to make pre-rolls. At 11 p.m. on January 7, 2022, the employee reportedly said she couldn’t breathe due to all the airborne kief (cannabis dust) in the room. She was transported to a local hospital and died soon after.

“The employee could not breathe and was killed due to the hazards of ground cannabis dust,” the OSHA report concluded.

Lorna McMurrey, a 27-year-old staff member

Online reports have identified the staff member as Lorna L. McMurrey, 27, of West Springfield, MA. McMurrey’s obituary mentioned that she died “unexpectedly in Baystate Medical Center surrounded by her loving family, and that she “recently started working at Trulieve’s Grow Facility in Holyoke.”

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