Lorna McMurrey, 27, died in January from an inability to breathe
A Florida-based cannabis company will pay $14,502 to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration as part of a settlement agreement after an employee died due to complications from her work in a Holyoke marijuana cultivation facility earlier this year, according to a press release from the company.
Lorna McMurrey, 27, died in January from an inability to breathe after inhaling cannabis dust at the facility.
In addition to the fine, Trulieve will perform a study to determine whether ground cannabis dust should be classified as a hazardous chemical in an occupational setting according to OSHA regulations. The study will be completed by May 29, 2023.
“We are proud of the many protections we have already put in place for our workers,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “However, as an industry leader in what is still a relatively new manufacturing business, we want to continue to establish best practices, so our workers can have the health and safety assurances they need.”
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